If you were standing at the busy thatched-roof bar just above and beyond the leftfield fence at Bright House Field on Monday, you were in the center of the action. You saw Cliff Lee and Drew Smyly chat for a moment in leftfield before the left-handers got into the adjacent bullpens behind the leftfield fence to warm up for their all-Arkansas matchup.
You had a good look at Tigers rookie Nick Castellanos as he played all nine innings in leftfield in his first full major league game in the outfield. And you saw a monster three-run home run by Miguel Cabrera pass your way. Cabrera's drive went past the bar by quite a bit and capped a six-run fifth off Phillies closer Jonathon Papelbon.
"I think I got out-shouted a little bit by Miguel Cabrera, but that's a good person to get out-shined by," said Castellanos, who began the fifth-inning rally with a two-run homer off Papelbon.
"I hit a home run," Castellanos said. "That guy hit a moon shot."
There was something impressive about Castellanos' homer, too. It went to the opposite field -- right-center. That's Cabrera country -- he impressed many observers as a young player with his opposite-field power. Castellanos is now doing the same. His homer in the Futures Game in Kansas City last summer went to right-center.
Detroit 10, Philadelphia 1: Tigers' Nick Castellanos gets 'out-shined' by Miguel Cabrera
Detroit Free Press | Feb 26