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.
Mrs Fowler would like a word with you.
It seems to be blowing a bit out to right but far less than yesterday and much cooler so shouldn't be too much of an effect.
Only one of our hrs last night was out because of the wind though I think.
Which direction is wind blowing today? With Lackey a groundball pitcher, it might help Cubs if it is blowing in today and a 2-1 game instead of a 10-6 game.
Benji Molina is out of lineup
If the Cubs can get to Lackey early, its gonna be a big key to a W or L.
AZ Phil: I've heard that the AFL will be testing out a new force out rule that would affect break-up plays (like the Utley play). Have you heard anything about this new rule and any details about it? Are they testing it out at the advanced instructs as well?
Pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but since I will be in NYC next week I want to confirm... If the Cubs were to advance to the NLCS, the winner of LAD/NYM would have home field based on being a division winner (as opposed to Cubs by virtue of better record), correct?
CUBSTER: This "hammy" is on the other leg I heard last night. See you at the ballyard today young man!
Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.
--- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.
Russell had a severe hamstring last year while with the A's system, forcing him to miss the first half of 2014. I've even wondered if his injury last year was a component of Billy Beane putting him on the trade market. He was quoted saying that last year's injury was a 10 out of 10 when it happened. Last night he said his hamstring soreness was a 1/1.5 out of 10. Hamstring injuries are tricky though, so I'd expect the medical team to be overly cautious here.