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Starlin Castro makes history in major league debut

May 8, 2010, 8:02 AM EDT

Starlin Castro.jpgBefore Friday’s game against the Reds, Cubs manager Lou Piniella said the club wasn’t asking top prospect Starlin Castro to provide a “spark” for the team. Well, Castro must have missed that memo.

On Friday, the 20-year-old Dominican became the first player in major league history to drive in six runs in their major league debut. The previous record-holder — the immortal Ben Grieve — drove in five runs on September 3, 1997.

Castro connected for a three-run home run in his first at-bat in the second inning — the third player to do it this season (Jason Heyward, Luke Hughes) — and the sixth in Cubs history. The last Cubs player to accomplish the feat was pitcher Jim Bullinger on June 8, 1992. If that wasn’t enough, Castro later added a three-run triple in the fifth.

Cubs right-hander Carlos Silva summed the youngster’s night up pretty well:

“Unbelievable. I was hitting behind him, looking at everything he was
doing. I was like: ‘Wow.'”

I’m a little worried that short-term expectations could get out of control after a historic night like this, but the North Siders and their fans have a homegrown player to be very excited about. And that’s always a good thing for this game.

  1. SouthofHeaven - May 8, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    Wow

  2. Mi5Suns - May 8, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Another WOW. Saw him play in the 2009 Arizona Fall League.

  3. ray - May 8, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    wow is the the word. can’t wait to see him lead-off. just think a real base stealer on the north side.

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