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When Starlin Became A Cub

By bullpenbrian at 05.08.2011 Leave a comment.

There’s little chance you remember May 7th, 2010 from yesterday. But then let me remind you of Starlin Castro’s Major League debut, and well, the memory of it comes flooding back!

On a warm 81-degree Friday night in Cincinnati, Ohio the young Castro jumped on the scene like few others have before him…and my goodness, how could we ever forget!

A second inning three-run homer in his first big league at-bat…then a bases clearing triple in the fifth. His 6 RBI setting an MLB debut record!

Behind Castro’s thrilling 2-for-5 night the Cubs stormed Dusty Baker’s Reds 14-7. Chicago, it seemed, was looking at a star in the making.

One calendar year later, and Castro’s future appears as bright as his opening act.

Through his first 156 games…he’s batted .302 overall…driven in 53 RBI…hit four home runs…has 37 doubles and seven triples. We’re talking All Star-type numbers, even despite Starlin’s occasional poor fielding spells.

Yet, while Castro’s big league debut remains the highlight of his short career, his quick development into one of the game’s best players could lead to a long list of crowning achievements to remember him by.

One in particular stands out, though. I’m thinking a ring would be nice, don’t you?

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