July 31, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs catcherWelington Castillo
(53) reacts after making the out on Milwaukee Brewers catcherJonathan Lucroy
(not pictured) during the fourth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports
Comcast Sports Net held their Sports Awards ceremony yesterday and handed out individual awards to athletes in the surrounding area.
Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett received ‘Bear of the Year’, Nazr Mohammad ‘Bull of the Year’, Nate Jones ‘White Sox of the Year’, Patrick Sharp ‘Blackhawk of the Year’, Mike MaGee ‘Fire of the Year’ and our very own Welington Castillo took home ‘Cub of the Year’ honors.
Castillo had himself a career year with the Cubs after becoming the team’s primary catcher. He finished the year with 380 plate appearances, 41 runs, 104 hits, 23 doubles, eight home runs, 32 RBIs on a batting line of .274/.349/.397.
Castillo posted a .988 fielding percentage behind the plate with the Cubbies, but made a few bone headed plays that made me want to pull my hair out.
There was a time where he jogged after a wild pitch, allowing a base runner to advance to third base. I don’t remember which game it was, but I always relive the play whenever I hear his name.
Regardless, the man some fans call ‘Beef Castle’ was obviously nervous when accepting his award and giving his speech. He looked a little bit shaky to start off but was able to settle in and handle it like a pro.
"“I’m a little bit nervous. But I think I’m the first one who brought some paper up with me.” Welington said while accepting his award via CSN Chicago."
I fully expect Welington to put up some big numbers this year after coming off knee surgery. His starting job isn’t in jeopardy, but he’s going to want to make a statement.
Congratulations to Welington Castillo. He’ll be reporting to Spring Training in just a few days.