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Release Castillo Now

That's all.

22 comments to Release Castillo Now

  • Anonymous

    Amen. It ticked me off enough when Delgado almost blew a game by lollygagging and making a one-handed attempt at a game-ending pop up. But Delgado had earned some goodwill. Castillo has shown a proven ability to draw walks and little else. Cut him.
    And I would like to see Manuel institute some sort of fine system for anyone who catches a pop up with one hand from now on, whether it be Wright or Beltran who do it all the time, or Fernando Martinez, who has shown the least respect for the game of any rookie I can remember. It was terrible when Manuel didn't bench Martinez when he did not run out the pop up his first week. He needs to send some messages to the team that there is only one way to play, and that is to play hard all the time.

  • Anonymous

    I am absolutely sick to my stomach.

  • Anonymous

    Greg,
    The day I write a longer article than you after a game is a day I never want to see again.

  • Anonymous

    Come on, 99.9% of the time, Castillo makes that play. He's played damn hard for this team all year and has quite a lot to show for it. Tonight sucked, worse than just about anything, but if you release a talented player every time he makes a terrible mistake that loses a game, you've gotten a pretty effing small team. Get over it.

  • Anonymous

    A guy who strikes out with the winning runs on base can be forgiven. A guy who muffs a grounder can be forgiven. Dropping a gimme pop fly because you are too much of a hot shot to use two hands is inexcusable in little league, let alone MLB.
    In any event, what really does Castillo have to show for his effort? His contract is the only reason he is on the team. He draws walks. He can get occasional infield hits. Big deal. He has average range in the field and he has slightly above average speed, which does not compensate for his lack of power. He is a slightly better version of Frank Taveras (I know wrong position, but the point is still the same). Add to that his total inability to stay healthy and I fail to see why he should remain on the team.

  • Anonymous

    I'm not watching another ballgame until Luis Castillo is no longer a Met. End of story.

  • Anonymous

    I'll add that losing to the Yankees is always upsetting. I remember how disappointed I was when Wagner blew a 4 run lead in the 9th inning because he lost all ability to find the strike zone. The good news is that meltdown can now be forgotten. The bad news is that every time I see Castillo go out to 2nd base, I will remember this disaster.

  • Anonymous

    Greg,
    I'm sick to my stomach. Give me a gun and I'll shoot Castillo personally – not in the heart like he did to us, but in the leg just so he can't ever again wear the uniform of the orange and blue.
    And I wouldn't be carted off jail for shooting Castillo. I'd probably be elected Mayor instead!

  • Anonymous

    I can think of one borough you wouldn't carry.
    (That gun stuff is figurative, I'm sure; Joe wouldn't hurt a fly…just as Castillo apparently can't catch one.)

  • Anonymous

    if you release a talented player every time he makes a terrible mistake that loses a game, you've gotten a pretty effing small team.
    You're absolutely right. Now what does any of that have to do with Luis Castillo?

  • Anonymous

    After seeing Ramon Martinez, it scares me to think who they would replace him with..

  • Anonymous

    I hate Luis Castillo with the intensity of 1,000 suns.
    No good has befallen the Mets since his acquisition in August, 2007.
    I will boo him every time I am at Shea from now until I die.
    I would sooner cheer for Yadier Molina or Tom Glavine or Terry Pendleton.
    …And after he muffed the game ending catch, why did he throw to second? He might have had a chance to cath Tiexiera if he threw home.

  • Anonymous

    i want blood

  • Anonymous

    that was me
    still want blood

  • Anonymous

    A fucking men to that. If he had any class, he'd quit right now and crawl back to whatever hole he came from. If the Evil Emperor was running this team, Castillo would be gone before Saturday's game.

  • Anonymous

    If Jerry wasn't the useless sack of alleged witticisms he is, his players would be afraid to catch balls one handed, they would sprint out of the damn box every time they made contact, they would retaliate for plunkings and out-of-the-baseline slides instead of buddying up to every opposing player who makes his way around the bases. We need a no-nonsense Gil Hodges type who would command respect. Let's face it, this team is going nowhere this year, so all that's left is to speculate on our next manager and GM after the inevitable housecleaning. Would Valentine really be such a bad idea?

  • Anonymous

    I couldn't bear to watch any postgame. Bad enough I capped my daughter's graduation day shouting a Hall of Fame stream of profanity in front of a house full of family. I'm curious, what did Mr Former Gold Glover have to say?

  • Anonymous

    Release Castillo last offseason.

  • Anonymous

    Hours have passed, and I still feel sick to my stomach. What a disgusting, vile, reprehensible ending this was. One of the worst moments I can remember watching any team I root for in a sports event. Disgusted, absolutely disgusted.

  • Anonymous

    I don't see myself winding down enough to fall asleep tonight. Heck, the sun'll be up soon. Hopefully the game ended late enough that my home-delivered Daily News won't have the result, and I can keep down my breakfast.

  • Anonymous

    Luis Castillo has replaced Armando Benitez as my least favorite Met ever.