The Philadelphia Phillies wanted him and they got him. Disappointments, mood swings and all. The latest in the bad publicity that Luis Castillo always seems to find himself in is actually being late to camp for the Phillies. He was supposed to have shown up yesterday and was even scheduled to play.
The only problem is: he never showed up. So the Phillies had to scratch him from yesterday’s game. Manager Charlie Manuel had the best quote saying:
…the reason I put him in the lineup is because I wanted to see him play. Maybe I should wait and put my lineup in right at game time. That seems to work better.
Not the kind of thing you want to hear from your new manager. Castillo’s response to not showing up yesterday was simply a miscommunication between his agent and himself. Uh huh!
Now here is the part that kills me. No matter what, Castillo is in a position to compete for a job. He has to prove himself worthy of a roster spot. So what will his attitude be like?
When he arrived at camp he seemed to be alright. I am fully convinced that he never smiles. He just did not seem as “mopey” when approached by reporters. The second baseman kept insisting that he is in the best shape he has been in since 2006. He feels he is ready to play and can help a team win a championship.
Castillo does seem to understand the situation in Philly, which really was not much different than in New York. Wilson Valdez has been playing pretty well and Chase Utley has been declared “out indefinitely perhaps missing months of the 2011 season thanks to patellar tendinitis, chondromalacia and bone inflammation in his right knee”. It has been reported that if Castillo does not make the team, the Phillies will release him.
Well, I would say good luck in dealing with the Castillo to the Phillies. However, I rather not. It would just be our dumb luck that he decides to go back to what he was with the Florida Marlins and kill the Mets during the 2011 season. Hope the fans take him apart.