Look, all I wanted to do was post a link to this article by Howard Megdal about Dontrelle Willis and Ramon Castro and the Long Island Ducks, and then quote one thing from it and make a few quips, but apparently you can't do all that in a FanShot and this isn't long enough for a FanPost but you know what, I'm a veteran, so I get to dump ice water on Matt Harvey (you tell a person you're going to do that!) and by the way, get off my lawn.
Castro, a power-hitting catcher with a slugging-heavy career O.P.S. of .734, looks like he can help teams, too. He's dropped 40 pounds over the past year. After missing the second half of 2011 and all of 2012 following surgery on his broken hand, he signed with the Dodgers this spring, but saw he wasn't getting at-bats in spring training games, and figured the same would be true of a 37-year-old catcher at Triple-A.
He asked for his release, signed with the Ducks, and is playing regularly. He's 37, but he's well-rested, in great shape, and has just 567 major league games on his legs.
"I'm playing more here to prove that I'm healthy," Castro said. "That's the key for me, because people know what I can do when I get there."
What is this, 2007? Am I going to rip on Paul Lo Duca and Shawn Green and write vitriolic screeds about the front office? No, but John Buck, I mean, come on. Dude sucks. I lobby Hippo II: BehemothDome 2013.
Artist's rendering of Ramon Castro: