4/14 Cubs vs. Yankees
The Cubs will see Alfonso Soriano (pictured above with his son at Wrigley Field last year) when they face the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in Interleague play on Tuesday. Soriano took care of the other Latin players on the Cubs, especially Starlin Castro. When Castro was called up in May 2010 at the age of 20, Soriano, then in the fourth year with the team and 12th in the big leagues, welcomed the infielder into his Chicago home. It wasn’t done at the team’s request or because both were from the Dominican Republic, but because that’s what some of the Yankees players did for Soriano when he first joined the team in 1999.
Soriano and Castro didn’t just live together, they were inseperable. They trained together, hit together, ate together.
“He was kind of like my father,” Castro said of his former teammate, who he will see on Tuesday when the Cubs play the Yankees in an Interleague game at Yankee Stadium.
“Not everybody can have people who, when you come to the big leagues the first time, take me to his home and let me live with him,” Castro said. “I didn’t pay a bill, I didn’t pay for what I eat, I didn’t pay nothing.”
It wasn’t just Castro, either. Soriano would take all the Cubs’ Latin players out to dinner every road trip and always picked up the tab. He never let anyone else pay.
“He talked about good things, like things you can learn about the game,” Castro said of the dinner conversations. “He’s a smart guy. He talks about things that you have to listen to and learn. He’s awesome. We miss him here.”
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– Carrie Muskat