CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The Chicago Cubs have previously announced that Starlin Castro will not return to the team next season.
The New York Yankees acquired Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Adam Warren.
Fans were heartbroken to learn that the 25-year-old infielder who grew up before their eyes, would be leaving Chicago. And for Starlin, the deal seemed just as bittersweet.
Castro recently wrote an open letter to Cubs fans on The Players Tribune.
In the heartfelt letter, Castro thanks fans for always being supportive of him.
"When I got to Chicago, I was just a kid, trying to figure things out at a new job in a new city. When you’re new, you want to be approved of, and you want to belong. Those first big cheers I got at Wrigley are something that I will never forget. They helped me feel like I was doing something right — and they helped me feel like I was home," he wrote.
Castro went on to say that the city of Chicago holds many memories for him and his family.
"In my five years as a Cub, I became a father — twice. And so a lot of my favorite memories involve being a dad: from tossing a ball around in Lake Shore Park with Starlin Jr., to going fishing on Lake Michigan, to having a family dinner at Tropical Taste."
He says the city is where he grew up and into a man. And he credits his success in the big city of Chicago to one former Cub in particular - Alfonso Soriano.
Castro state Soriano taught him how to act like a professional ball player and how to dress with pride.
And that pride in himself quickly extended to pride in his team and helping the Cubs win. But now that his time with the Cubs has come to an end, Castro is ready to help his new team win.
"To my new city, New York, I can promise you this: You are acquiring a player who just got to experience a pennant race for the first time — and loved it. And to my old city, Chicago, I want to thank you for such an amazing experience. I’ll always hold Chicago close to my heart. And hey — maybe I’ll still visit sometime. How’s October?"