2/19 Renteria on Castro
This is Rick Renteria’s first exposure to daily media briefings, and during Tuesday’s session, he misunderstood a question about Anthony Rizzo and instead offered some observations on Starlin Castro.
The questions had been about what Renteria expects from Rizzo, but the manager mixed up the pronouns and thought Castro was the subject. Renteria said he knows there’s been a lot of attention on Castro’s defense. While working out recently, Renteria saw highlights of some players’ low moments when they forgot how many outs there were, such as outfielder Larry Walker, who handed a ball to a fan, not realizing it was only the second out, not the third. Renteria said many players have had mental lapses in the game yet Castro’s moment, when he caught a pop up in shallow left and a runner scored from third because the shortstop didn’t react, got a lot of attention.
“It happens to the best of them,” Renteria said. “You talk to all those guys [who made mistakes in the past] and they’re all laughing about it now. Unfortunately for this young man, everybody decided he was the one to pick on, he was the one to make a big emphasis about what just occurred. I get it. It’s a situation where it’s a club not performing as well as everybody would want. You wouldn’t want those things to occur. We don’t expect them to continue to occur but I think this is a new year, hopefully a new environment, where high expectations are being laid for everyone. It’s incumbent on all of us as coaches to understand how these guys work and do things and help them stay on their toes as the game is progressing.”
Renteria and Castro will talk today as position players report to Cubs camp.
– Carrie Muskat