As is well documented New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was soundly and vigorously booed during the home run Derby at this year’s All-Star game.
As BNS said at the time, Cano took the boos in stride. When you play for the Yankees, everywhere you go you get booed, sadi Cano.
Today, Cano said the fans went too far and cross the line, by subjecting his family to the same type of treatment during the Home Run Derby.
“This is a game,” Cano said. “We’re All-Stars. And if I get booed, I don’t really care. But when they start with your family, that’s over the line.
“Thank God they didn’t do anything more (than yell). You don’t want people to take it too far and do something to your family. It’s just a game. You want to have fun with it and go home with some good memories.”
And we agree with Cano. Booing a player is one thing, however when it becomes personal, it becomes a problem. All of stems from the fact that as the Home Run Derby captain for the American League squad, Cano did not choose Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler for his Home Run derby team.
“It was a tough decision,” Cano said. “It’s easy to understand how fans want to see the kid from their hometown. But the fans need to understand, we’re not doing it because we don’t like other players. We just want to pick the people we think are going to put on a good show for the fans.”
It’s hard to criticize his logic, and Cano stood by his decision. As is the case often, they’re criticizing turned into personal attacks on his family and there is no justification in that kind of behavior.