Amir Garrett channeled his inner Ric Flair on Tuesday afternoon in his pre-game interview with the local media. Asked about Nick Castellanos and the spark he can bring, Garrett spoke about how quiet Castellanos is until he’s on the field. But he also dropped this absolute gem: “I want everybody to think that the Cincinnati Reds is like the most cockiest team ever. We’re some bat flippin’, show boatin’ son of a guns. I want everybody to know that.”
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) April 6, 2021
Amir Garrett channels AG when he takes the mound. He becomes a different person out there. AG, as he calls him, brings fire and passion to the mound. He celebrates strikeouts in big moments and he’ll let you know about it. He also understands that it’s fair play to let him know about it if you get him, too – that’s the way it is. Play with fire and emotion, and if the other guy does something awesome then there’s no problem with that guy showing it.
Nick Castellanos has been doing a whole lot of that this season so far. Too much for the St. Louis Cardinals who had to watch multiple home runs and bat flips in the opening series of the season, while also watching him beat a throw to pitcher Jake Woodruff from Yadier Molina after being plunked earlier in the inning that had Castellanos jumping up and screaming “Let’s (effing) go!” in the direction of Woodruff. That resulted in the benches clearing and some up close and personal talking, shouting, and even a little shoving from some players on both sides of the field. It also led to a 2-game suspension for Castellanos despite the fact that he touched no one during the entire thing, and only fines for five other players despite several other players shoving and one player grabbing another on the side of the neck before lightly shoving him….. but that was another story for another day.
This team is playing with a different feel early on. The offense has been rolling so far this season and it’s been led in a big way by Nick Castellanos who is hitting .533/.588/1.333 without a strikeout on the season. He’s leading the National League in runs, home runs, RBI, and slugging percentage. And he’s feeling good while doing it, too.
brb gonna go watch this a couple thousand times pic.twitter.com/90cDiyAgvo
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 6, 2021