Starlin Castro may be in New York, but the Wrigley faithful was still able to clap along to his uber-catchy walk-up song.
For the home opener Monday, Anthony Rizzo paid tribute to his former teammate by walking up to the plate with "Ando En La Versace" blaring throughout Chicago's North Side.
Rizzo had a different walk-up song for each at-bat of the game last season, but he was mum on his song choice for 2016, refusing to tell even his teammates.
He wanted it to be a surprise for everybody and an homage to Castro.
"He was part of this organization for a long time," Rizzo said. "He taught me a lot on how to be a big-leaguer. Him getting traded was tough for a lot of us.
"Just to be able to get the crowd excited was pretty cool."
Rizzo initially planned on just using the song once to recreate the chill-inducing moments from last year when 41,000 people clapped along to the song in unison every time Castro came to the plate.
But since it was received so well Monday night, Rizzo may keep it going.
"I might have to do a Twitter poll or something," he said.
In the second and final update before the first round of voting closes, the Cubs are still all over All-Star Game voting.
It’s basically status quo in the update. Willson Contreras and Javy Baez are still blowing away the field at their positions, with more than twice as many votes as the closest player.
Kris Bryant remains solidly in second at third base. Anthony Rizzo fell to third behind Freddie Freeman of the Braves, but he is still comfortably ahead of Max Muncy of the Dodgers for the top three spot that will advance him to MLB’s new Starters Election.
All three Cubs outfielders are set to advance as well. Albert Almora Jr. moved up from fifth to fourth and Jason Heyward moved up from seventh to fifth. Interestingly, Bryce Harper is the odd man out, for now, sitting 10th among NL outfielders.
That gives the Cubs seven players set to advance to the Starters Election. Voting for this round closes Friday at 3 p.m. CT. The Starters Election features the top three at each individual position and top nine among outfielders.
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Luke Stuckmeyer and producer Eric Strobel welcome Frederic, aka the Cubs' unofficial Director of Morale. Fred takes us through the origins and growth of his fandom and social media persona (1:30), before discussing how Jake Arrieta's dominance announced the Cubs as contenders (7:30) and the now-ubiquitous hard hats in the bleachers (16:00). Finally, Fred and the guys talk about this year's team, including the lack of strikeout stuff on the pitching staff (22:30) and the unicorn that is Javy Baez (30:00).
You can listen to the entire thing right here or in the embedded player below: