Starlin Castro's Independence Day Connection
I am so happy for the kid.
The lone Cub All-Star for 2011, Starlin Castro.
Kinda weird that it happens during the 4th of July weekend, though.
I'm not a conspiracy guy or anything, but there are some weird similarities here.
Indesputable facts, if you will.
For instance, how many American colonies told the British Empire to bugger off when the Declaration of Independence was signed?
That would be thirteen, right?
Starlin Castro's number?
Starlin's first game?
He went 4 for 4 with a 4-bagger in his first at bat.
What is it that adorns the American Flag?
The colors of said flag and the colors of Starlin's hat?
Red, White, and Cubby Blue.
Did you know that the name of Paul Revere's trusty steed was Castro?
Little known historical fact, my friend.
You tell me.
Here's what I do know: Starlin Castro is carrying on a not-so-proud Solo-Cub All-Star tradition.
If I counted right, in 11 of the last 15 years the Cubs have been represented by one, lonely guy on the All-Star team.
4 of those years were Solo Sammy.
The rest were Steve Trachsel in '96, Mark Grace in '97, Big Z in '06, D. Lee in '07, Ted Lilly in '09, Marlon Byrd last year and now...Starlin Castro.
Still, pretty awesome for Starlin, not so awesome for the team.
Well... at least they didn't get swept by the Sox yesterday.
BRADSBEARD: I haven't noticed any new rule or a change in the interpretation of an existing rule happening in Advanced Instructs, I don't know what rules will be tested in the AFL, although almost all recent rule changes and new interpretations of existing rules (the home plate collision rule, replay, time clock between innings, et al) do get their start in the AFL.
Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.
--- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.
Also, almost every 2 strike pitch brought the fans to their feet. Good for those in knee rehab.
btw, the cubs are 2-1 in the post-season series.
I was there too. The crowd was absolutely electric. People were standing for every big and semi-big moment, from the first inning on. It felt incredibly strange and exhilarating to see the Cubs (the Chicago bleepin' Cubs!) score playoff insurance runs on the Cardinals. What a game. One to remember.
14 in attendance. What's the record for attendance in the fall? I guess I should ask what the record attendance listed is in one of your recaps.
I was there too, with my grown son. This is my miracle year-- I rose to the top of the season ticket list after eight years, completely unexpectedly, and my wonderful wife agreed to put the ticket fee on the emergency credit card. The whole point of course was that the Cubs were going to be good this year, and then for a while, so to get season tickets with the guaranteed shot at the postseason was incredible timing. We got to the remote lot at 4:10 after stopping at Nhu Lan for our usual banh mi sandwiches, only to find the lot full, way earlier than normal.