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08:17 AM ET 08.23 | The future of the Cubs appeared not to weigh heavily enough on Starlin Castro this past weekend, and he paid the price Monday. [Castro] was caught on camera with his back to the infield in the sixth inning as relief pitcher James Russell finished his warm-up and was about to pitch. ... [Mike Quade] decided "a mental day" off was in order. So was a long talking to. The punishment didn't necessarily include a call for apologies, but a contrite Castro spent most of Monday handing them out on his own to his teammates before a 3-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves. "I want to say I'm sorry to my teammates and it will never happen again," he said.

Chicago Sun-Times

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August 23, 2011  09:38 AM ET

The guy should be embarassed. I vaen't seen a infielder wandering around with his back turned since T-ball.

August 23, 2011  09:47 AM ET

not excusing his behavior, but i would think he'd be more embarrassed by his team leaving 23 runners on base...against a rather weak-looking Jurrjens.

August 23, 2011  10:11 AM ET

I'm saying he was drinking.

August 23, 2011  10:16 AM ET

has his agent issued an apology yet?

August 23, 2011  10:26 AM ET

little leaguers get benched for that

August 23, 2011  10:40 AM ET

CASTRO IS LIKE 12 YEARS OLD! THEY LOSE FOCUS FROM TIME TO TIME

August 23, 2011  11:00 AM ET

thats crazy kinda funny tho.. what was so much more important than the game ?

August 23, 2011  12:13 PM ET

Yeah, I think they ought to make him attend a Zambrano seminar on teamwork and a good attitude!

August 23, 2011  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Yeah, I think they ought to make him attend a Zambrano seminar on teamwork and a good attitude!

hahaha thats a good one

August 23, 2011  12:31 PM ET

I am glad to see that Quade did take some action on this. The level of accountability has to be greater in order for the Cubs to get past this general acceptance of poor performance.

August 23, 2011  12:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

thats crazy kinda funny tho.. what was so much more important than the game ?

He's only what, 20? Probably just checking out some babe in the stands. Manny got caught a few times.

He had his back turned during warm up tosses. NOT a big deal. He was probably checking where the OFs were positioned.

August 23, 2011  02:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

thats crazy kinda funny tho.. what was so much more important than the game ?

perhaps he was cought by a female beauty!!!

August 23, 2011  02:20 PM ET

maybe he was trying to show his discontent towards his useless manager!!!

August 23, 2011  02:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I am glad to see that Quade did take some action on this. The level of accountability has to be greater in order for the Cubs to get past this general acceptance of poor performance.

the credibility level has vanish to the point that no team would take this player seriously!!

August 23, 2011  04:54 PM ET

Soriano and Ramirez should have earned attention for their lackadaisical play, too. They don't get singled out because they have perfected the art of going through the motions. The Cubbies coaching staff, manager, and front office all seem unable to get them properly motivated. I guess rich, long term, no cut, no trade contracts have that affect on some players.

August 23, 2011  05:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

the credibility level has vanish to the point that no team would take this player seriously!!

Castro is a very good, young player that did a really stupid, and dangerous thing. I like the fact that he apologized and said he felt embarrassed by it, which he should of course. Too many players give lame explanations for their stupid actions, while he at least owned up to it. Now if it keeps happening, then he, and the Cubs, would have a real problem.

August 23, 2011  11:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

He's only what, 20? Probably just checking out some babe in the stands. Manny got caught a few times. He had his back turned during warm up tosses. NOT a big deal. He was probably checking where the OFs were positioned.

hahaha possibly

 
August 24, 2011  09:50 AM ET

Why wasn't Quade or one of his infield coaches forced to sit out a game for not paying attention to Castro? This only became an issue when Bobby Valentine pointed it out - from the broadcast booth.

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