I’ll admit, this was a tough one to swallow at first. Starlin Castro will always have a soft spot in my heart. Despite being only 25 years old, he was the longest tenured Cub, the first of the youth movement to break into the big leagues. Little did I know that he would depart before what could be the most historic season in Cubs history.
The Cubs have made a splash in the offseason and are now looking like the best team in baseball. They have already acquired Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, John Lackey, and traded away Starlin Castro, but the offseason is not over yet.
The Cubs boast a strong trio of young power bats in Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, and Kyle Schwarber. This combination led them all the way to the NLCS, and Schwarber, in particular, is coming off a postseason where he set the Cubs all-time record for postseason home runs, and he is now the all-time leader in postseason home runs from a player who is 22 years old or younger. So why would they even consider trading him away?
From die-hard fans to casual ones, the Cubs’ bandwagon is larger than it’s been in years. Even president Obama, a notorious White Sox fan, proclaimed his support following Wednesday's Wild Card Game victory.
In case you missed it, here’s how Wednesday went down:
To be a true team player and a successful athlete is the name of the game. Knowing what your role is and dedicating yourself to be the best as you possibly can is no easy task, yet Starlin Castro excels at it. The Cub’s middle infielder has taken on a new role in his sixth year with the organization. In his previous five seasons in the MLB Castro has experienced much success, making the All-Star game three times and a contender for rookie of the year, but this season contained many challenges for him.
Remember when 82 games seemed about right? Get excited Chicago, because the latest Cubs W has them 7 games above the experts’ predictions. Oh yeah, and there’s 11 games left. Jake Arietta got his MLB leading 20th win and Kris Bryant passed yet another milestone. Click below for a recap: