MLB Winter Meetings: Phillies content without making a splash, Rob Thomson didn’t watch the World Series, and MLB Rule 5 Draft update
MLB Winter Meetings are underway in Nashville, Tennessee and I have a few updates for…
Nick Castellanos is a sex icon in the city of Philadelphia. Everyone knows this, including the countless Phillies fans – both men and women – who salivate over his unbuttoned jersey look.
I appreciate the enthusiasm and the love — but no more buttons ladies 😅— Jess Castellanos (@jessgomezzz) September 22, 2023
Behind every great man is a great woman, and Jess is definitely that woman. Some may see it as a wife trying to control her husband, but you have to understand her position here.
If Nick were to undo even one more button, the effect on the psyches of thousands of Phillies fans would be catastrophic. They’d go from simp-tweeting about how hot he is to tearing down the door of their family home with the power and efficiency of a Mongol horde.
The worst part? I wouldn’t blame them. Just look at the drip.
Casty isn’t the only one embracing the unbuttoned look and playing well. Rookie centerfielder Johan Rojas has adopted the look (with Nick’s permission) and has been playing about as well as he can be under the circumstances.
Recently, Rojas has started to undo those top buttons again. His mentor in right field, Nick Castellanos, who also wears the top of his jersey unbuttoned, encouraged it. One day in late August, as they were jogging to the outfield together, Castellanos stopped Rojas, unfastened the top of his jersey, and sent him on his way.
The message, according to Castellanos, was to ‘loosen up and chill out.’ Rojas has taken it to heart. He is comfortable here. It’s obvious not just in how he plays center field but in how he takes his at-bats. As a prospect, his defense was never a question, but the same couldn’t be said about his offense. When Rojas hit .346 in scattered at-bats through his first 11 games, some wondered if it was a fluke.
But Rojas has kept hitting. He hit his second career home run on Monday night (and his first home run off a non-position player) in the Phillies’ 7-1 victory over the Braves. He’s hit .300/.344/.442 over his last 50 games. That, combined with the Gold Glove-caliber defense, makes it easy to forget he’s 23.
“I’m not surprised by it,” Castellanos said. ‘The talent is definitely there. He’s a smart kid. He asks all the right questions. Goes about his business the right way, he’s electric with his work, he takes pride in it, and I think right now he’s reaping the benefit of his process.'” [The Inquirer]
Rojas is having a breakout year with the Phillies. At this point, I don’t care if he and Castellanos play naked in the outfield at Citizens Bank Park.
Rojas is batting .299 with two home runs and 21 RBI in 127 at-bats with the Phillies this season. As for Casty, well, he’s the hottest hitter in baseball right now. Just last night, Castellanos went 2-for-3 from the plate with another home run and four more RBI. He has a career-high 103 this season while batting .364 (12-for-33) with six home runs, 14 RBIs, and a 1.298 OPS over his past 9 games.
Take a look at Alec Bohm. He hit a home run last night and is now batting .286 with two home runs and 8 RBI over his last 7 games.
I’m aware we’re about to enter the month of [RED] October and temperatures will definitely drop, but if the bats stay hot and the buttons remain, well, unbuttoned, then so be it.
Ok, everyone who is upset about the buttons I’m not gonna crush your dreams. Who knows, anything goes for a red October.— Jess Castellanos (@jessgomezzz) September 22, 2023
Also sorry I left the men out of that last tweet. 😂