Castellanos Sheds A Tear Regarding His Cubs Love

After years of losing in Detroit, Castellanos appreciates playing for a contender.

Laurence Holmes Show
August 20, 2019 - 1:53 pm
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(670 The Score) Rarely has a player made such a strong first impression with a fan base as outfielder Nick Castellanos has with the Cubs.

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Acquired from the Tigers in a deal minutes before the trade deadline on July 31, Castellanos is hitting .348 with six homers, seven doubles, eight RBIs, 14 runs and a 1.102 OPS in his first 17 games with Chicago. Beyond that, Castellanos has also brought what manager Joe Maddon has described as a newfound "hunger" to a team that was too often was treading water this season. 

On Tuesday afternoon, Castellanos returned the love. He became emotional and shed a tear describing what it's like to play for Maddon and the Cubs after an audio clip was played of Maddon praising Castellanos for his child-like joy he displays every day.

"It's easy for something that we love to get looked at like a business," Castellanos said at the Cubs on Deck Luncheon series hosted by Laurence Holmes on 670 The Score. "I feel like that sucks -- not just in baseball, but just like in everything in life. It just makes me feel good to hear (Maddon) say that."

Cubs left-hander Derek Holland then chimed in, saying Castellanos' emotion were going to make him cry as well.

"That's why I don't have a radio show," Castellanos joked.

Castellanos had taken the losing in Detroit hard. The Tigers were an MLB-worst 31-72 on the day they traded him and sat 32.5 games back of first place in the AL Central. 

"The best way I could put it was you're underwater for a really long time and you got to breathe real, real, real bad and finally you like break the surface," Castellanos said. "That's kind of what I felt.

"It sucks when your passion becomes an occupation. And it got to the point, that's what it was, where you know we're not going to win.

Castellanos is set to become a free agent this offseason, but he declined to address his future at this time.

"For me to worry about something as selfish as my free agency would be an injustice to my teammates inside the clubhouse," Castellanos said.