There are certain characters that come to mind when one thinks of superheroes. Batman. Superman. Spider-Man. Wonder Woman. And, according to Philadelphia Phillies slugger Nick Castellanos, Scooby-Doo.
At least that is according to Lindsey Adler of the Wall Street Journal. Castellanos does have some reasoning behind his belief, stating that he feels any dog that can talk and solves mysteries would be a superhero in his book.
Philadelphia Phillies All Star Nick Castellanos has interesting take on Scooby-Doo
Castellanos does have a point. How many talking dogs are there? While Scooby-Doo does not have the courage one would associate with a superhero, he does have other abilities than speech. He has proven to be a master of disguise and has to have an iron stomach based on the food he and Shaggy consume. Maybe that is a superpower in its own right.
While his idea of what a superhero is may be questionable, there is no disputing Castellanos’ success this season. He has bounced back from a disappointing first season in Philadelphia to produce a solid .301/.344/.496 batting line in his 372 plate appearances, his 13 homers in the first half matching his total from last year. Maybe Scooby and the gang were able to solve the mystery of his missing bat.
As irreverent as those thoughts may be, they are also a part of what makes the All Star Break entertaining. Players can relax and get those strange questions that are so prevalent during events such as the Super Bowl. In this case, we get to find out that Nick Castellanos has interesting criteria for a superhero.
Nick Castellanos feels that Scooby-Doo is a superhero. Clearly, the Philadelphia Phillies are not paying him for his opinions.