Astros catcher Jason Castro knows the next 72 hours are going to be an experience he'll never forget, but what will be most memorable for the first-time All Star might be debatable.
"I don't know if I'm more excited for the game or to just watch the home run derby," Castro said before Sunday's game in Tampa. "That's something I grew up watching and so that's one of the things I'm most excited to see. It's an honor to be able to take part in the game and all that but I'm excited to soak everything in and be a part of it."
Castro, who heads into Sunday's game with a .270 batting average and 12 home runs, will be the Astros lone representative in the All Star Game. It marks the third straight year year Houston has sent just one representative, and the fourth time in five years that an Astros player will be making his first All Star appearance.
Though this is Castro's first time as a Major League All Star, he does have some familiarity with the All Star festivities.
"I was able to be a part of the Futures Game in 2009, so I got to see a little bit of that but this is obviously going to be on a much bigger scale so I'm looking forward to it."