Nick Castellanos got heated with a reporter after he was booed by Phillies fans

After losing 6-2 in 10 innings to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, Nick Castellanos and Phillies reporter Jim Salisbury had a heated exchange.

Philadelphia Phillies Outfield player Nick Castellanos didn’t have a strong first season with the club. The 2021 All-Star starts Sunday at .245/.290/.366 with an 85 OPS+. This, coupled with his ruthless defense (his -12 Defensive Runs Saved is the second-worst in baseball), has resulted in a -1.2 rWAR season far.

As a result, Phillies fans booed Castellanos during Saturday’s game, where he went 4-0 with a strikeout.

After the game, NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Jim Salisbury and Castellanos got into a heated exchange over the boos.

Phillies reporter Nick Castellanos had a heated exchange

Jim Salisbury asked Castellanos, “Did you hear the boos…?” Castellanos replied, “Nah, man. I lost my hearing,” before saying, “Come on man, that’s a stupid question.”

Salisbury asked why it was a stupid question and off we went. The entire exchange was caught on video by WPVI, the ABC television station in Philadelphia.

Phillies Vice President of Baseball Communications Kevin Gregg (who had returned to the Phillies’ public relations department before the start of this season) had to step in to defuse the situation.

In this case, it was a case where it was not handled well by either side. Castellanos makes a lot of money and doesn’t produce, so he has to answer some difficult questions. Nor should he have asked other reporters to “answer” the question for Salisbury.

But Salisbury, who has been a BBWAA member for more than 20 years, could have asked a better question or worded it better. Even with boos, he could have asked, “How do you react to the boos?”, “What do you think of the boos?” or even “How difficult is it to face the boos or deal with the boos from the home fans? ”

As long as the Castellanos and the Phillies keep fighting a little, they’ll have a hard time avoiding the tough questions. As they say, a win solves everything and a win would solve a lot of problems for the Phillies. Nick Castellanos got heated with a reporter after he was booed by Phillies fans

John Verrall

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