NEW YORK – It may be cliché, but if someone had told Jason Castro last year that he would be an All-Star in 2013, he probably wouldn’t have believed it.
Luckily for the Stanford graduate, his dream of being in an All-Star Game came true a lot sooner than he ever would have thought.
“It’s an exciting time,” said Castro. “For me personally it’s like a milestone having dealt with so many injuries and things that I’ve had over the past years and working my back to be able to get here, I’m proud of that.”
In his first, full and most importantly healthy season as the Astros starting catcher, Castro hasn’t disappointed. Castro is hitting .269, with 12 home runs and 31 RBI’s.
“I’m really just thankful for everyone who has been there helping me out along the way,” said Castro.
Castro battled a season ending knee injury in 2011 when he went down during Spring Training of that year. He got back on the field in 2012, but only played in 87 games.
He is big part of the Astros rebuilding process which is why this appearance meant a little bit more.
“To be able to be a part of this, to represent Houston and where we are right now and where we’re headed in the next few years, it’s an exciting time for us as an organization,” said Castro.
Castro is the second catcher in franchise history to be selected to the All Star game. Craig Biggio was the first one.
“From an organizational standpoint we’re making strides and I think it’s a testament to the work we’ve done,” said Castro. “There were a number of guys that could have been in this seat so hopefully I’m representing them well.”
Castro returns to action with the Astros on Friday when the team hosts Seattle.