But he also has a penchant for playing games with his head shoved up his a**.
Yesterday was no different.
Castro’s latest faux pas occurred in the fifth inning when he forgot how many outs they were after taking a throw at second base from Darwin Barney. It was the start of a potential double play.
Inexplicably, Castro jogged off the field, and never threw to first to double-up Brandon Crawford. The Giants tied the game, and the Cubs were done.
After the game, Cubs manager Dale Sveum had this to say:
“It’s the last straw,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said after Monday’s 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants. “If he wants to play, he better start getting his head in the game. Period.”
Agreed Mr. Sveum.
Dude isn’t a rook anymore and we are talking about the most important defensive position in the infield, arguably the entire game (though I feel catcher is just as important & more grueling, obviously).
Sure, he is young.
He is talented.
But this kind of s*** keeps happening.
As Bob Nightengale of USA Today was quick to point out:
This is the same guy who stopped running on a steal attempt Friday, believing play was stopped. He had his back turned to the infield during a pitch last August (see video below) against the Mets. And, please, don’t bring up his lack of patience at the plate, drawing six walks in 228 plate appearances.
This affliction I like to call HUAS, Head Up Ass Syndrome, has got to end & end right now, otherwise the Cubs won’t have to worry about making the tough cal to trade their young star because nobody will be wiling to part with anything worth a damn for him.