I’m sure this post is bound to make it seem like I am just picking at Luis Castillo, and at this point, I can do little to defend myself against such accusations.
I mean, I got on the guy for not celebrating in a manner I deemed acceptable after he got a game-winning hit. Who does that? The short answer is me. The long answer is someone who routinely overanalyzes things in an attempt to come up with an objective opinion about a player or situation. Once again, that’s me.
Today, as the Daily News sportswriters reported, Castillo came out and once again expressed his frustration with not starting. After realizing he wasn’t starting one day after delivering his game-winning hit, Louie was quoted as saying:
I thought I would be playing tonight, but I am not making the lineup. What is going on here? I don’t know what he’s doing,” Castillo said of Manuel. “All I can do is the best I can. That’s how you try to play more, but I am disappointed.”
Nothing wrong with that statement at all, in fact I was surprised (but not disappointed) that he did not get the start Wednesday night. Look, I know Castillo has started for his entire 14-year career so I can understand his frustration, but this is the second time he has gone public with his displeasure, and has now gone so far as to say he doesn’t know what his manager is doing and doesn’t know what’s going on here. Well, welcome to the club Mr. Castillo, nobody knows what’s going on here, but while you’re a player I think those comments are best made behind closed doors.
My reaction to all this completely mirrors the way with which I was dumbfounded by Jeff Franoeur’s statements earlier in the year about wanting to play everyday. I understand the wanting part of it, but these players are making these remarks as if they feel entitled to a full-time gig, despite the fact that their performance dictates otherwise. I mean I want to play centerfield for the Mets...where’s the love?
To top it all off, the next step in the process is to start talking about the possibility of the team finding you a situation where you can be a full-time starter. That’s right, ask the team to accommodate your needs despite the fact that you are grossly overpaid and any such transaction will likely mean they would simply be paying someone to take you off their hands. Castillo, who at this point knows his manager is going...TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST HEAD TO METSZILLA.COM BY CLICKING HERE: