"He's playing tee-ball right now."
This is what Carlos Beltran said last night when asked about the performance of his new teammate Starlin Castro, in the first two games of this new Yankees season. After having a great spring training, Castro has begun his career in the Bronx with a resounding bang.
First, he drove in two runs on Opening Day. Then, last night, in the team's 16-6 blowout of the Houston Astros, he delivered his ninth-career four-RBI game. Actually, by the time the game ended, Castro had five RBI's, on four hits. The hits included his first Yankee home run, a long blast that probably only just landed. It was that majestic.
He became the fourth player in Yankees history to begin a season with seven RBIs. The others were Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra and Tino Martinez. On being in such storied company, Castro said it meant a lot.
However, talking only about his offense sells the young man short. Since moving from short to second last season with the Cubs, he has acquitted himself very well, and looks almost as if he was born playing the position.
It's all very exciting. There hasn't been this much excitement about a New York 2B since some guy name Robinson played there, and no, I'm not talking about Jackie.
If he stays healthy, and keeps playing at this pace, Starlin Castro will no doubt be a prime candidate for the 2016 AL MVP Award. I certainly wish it, both for his sake and for that of the Yankees.