Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Nocturnal Emissions, Vol. 7

A series in which members of the media gush over an Astro.

Richard Justice brings us the latest edition of Nocturnal Emissions on what Jason Castro means to the Astros, and in some respect, to the universe.

On the night he was selected, he celebrated late into the night by finishing a term paper for one of his classes at Stanford.

When Castro played in baseball's Futures Game of minor league stars last summer, Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith said he had one of the best throwing arms he'd ever seen on a catcher...

...Here's hoping that Tuesday represented the beginning of a new era, that the Astros have gotten it right enough times these last three drafts to build something that will last.

Roy Oswalt almost certainly will be traded in the weeks ahead, and Brett Myers might, too. Wade almost certainly is gauging Berkman's value. No matter what happens with them, the Astros finally seem to see themselves for what they are instead of what they hope to be. And that's what Castro represents.