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Rusney Castillo’s first day in America featured Jay Z and Beyoncé

Aug 28, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston has a lengthy story about the Red Sox’s new $72 million outfielder Rusney Castillo, including this tidbit about how the Cuban defector spent his first day in the United States back in June:

[Castillo] came to the U.S. with his wife and 5-year-old daughter on June 25, the same day Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce brought their “On the Run” tour to a sold-out Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Castillo spent his first night in the U.S. at the concert.

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter is the founder of the entertainment company Roc Nation, LLC; Roc Nation Sports is its sports management division, with Castillo joining Robinson Cano of the Mariners, CC Sabathia of the Yankees, Kevin Durant of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, Celtics draftee James Young and the WNBA’s Skylar Diggins among its first clients.

“[Castillo] landed and went right to the show,” Perez said by telephone Wednesday night. “That was the first time Jay-Z laid eyes on him. Jay-Z welcomed him to the States.”

And then a couple months later he got $72 million. What a country.

  1. rcali - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    “They took our jobs!”

  2. jwbiii - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Jay-Z’s company is going to clear about $3.5m on Castillo’s deal, and plenty more if they can market him. If that were me, you’re damn right I’d meet him at the airport and show him a good time. That’s just good business and Jay-Z is a good businessman.

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