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Clubhouse Confidential: Castro's popularity

Castro has filled in well for Piazza.

The contrast between the Mets' catching tandem of Mike Piazza and Ramon Castro was never more evident than this week at Shea Stadium, when Castro – the unofficial team mascot – was celebrated with his own fan club.

Pedro Martinez sprinted through the clubhouse like an 11-year-old boy on Christmas morning, gleefully announcing that a shipment of T-shirts had arrived and was being distributed in a storage room. One by one, the Mets players entered the room and plucked the giveaways – white t-shirts with a picture of a gray bulldog in the center, surrounded by the words "Ramon Castro Fan Club" and "Appreciate...

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