Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro graces the cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.
The 21-year-old Castro, the youngest everyday player in the majors, with 40 hits, tied Alex Rodriguez's 1997 major league record for most April hits by a player 21 or younger.
He's the best everyday player the Cubs' farm system has produced since Billy Williams.
"Seeing him on the cover is pretty awesome," Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney, the NL Rookie of the Month, told MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. "It's really cool and I'm happy for him. The guy's worked really hard and his growth is unbelievable. When I think about where I was at 21, I was still questioning myself and trying to learn what kind of player I was. It's probably not the last time he'll be on the cover of some magazine."
The magazine will be available at newsstands Wednesday.
As for one of sports' lamest cliches ... we won't go there.