Wednesday, April 17

Nick Castellanos feels sorry for Reds fans, says team didn’t call him

Philadelphia Phillies' Nick Castellanos (8) follows through on a two run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos said Friday during an appearance on the Chris Rose Rotation podcast that the Cincinnati Reds didn’t call him after he decided to opt out and explore free agency.

“The reason why gestures like that are important (is) us baseball players are out there playing with emotion,” Castellanos said. “I cared about the Reds. I cared about the city of Cincinnati. I cared about the fans who went there every day. And in return, you just want to make sure you’re cared for as well. But that’s when the business portion really, like, loses. … Players can’t rationalize that because we didn’t get here looking at this game like a business, we got here looking at this game as our life.”

When Rose said he feels bad for Reds fans, Castellanos agreed.

“So do I,” Castellanos said. “I feel the same way about Pittsburgh. Look, this is not me talking (expletive) about anybody. This is just me observing have been around, and that’s the history of baseball in Cincinnati is second to none. The names that have gone through there, the history in that franchise. … The fans are dying for something to really believe in again, to get behind, to feel proud of, to call their own. Right now, it’s not happening, and that’s sad because as the generations pass – and it doesn’t become as prevalent – that’s how you lose real fans. … But Major League Baseball is probably cool with that because they’re gearing everything towards gambling anyway.”

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Castellanos entered Friday hitting .306 with three homers and seven RBIs in 55 plate appearances this season.

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