As you all know, Robinson Cano will be making his long-awaited return to Yankee Stadium tonight when his new club, the Seattle Mariners, take on his former club, our New York Yankees. The topic of the day in newspapers, on talk radio and in the Twittersphere is what will Yankee fans do when Cano steps up to the plate for his first at bat as a visiting player?
Will they boo him?
Will they politely clap for him?
Will they giving him a standing ovation?
Sadly, all signs point to boos.
Last night, I posted a video of a prank Cano took part in on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in which he stood inside a large box with his Mariners head shot on it, a guy from Fallon’s show told Yankee fans in Bryant Park to boo at the picture as if they were booing the real Cano and then of course, the real Cano emerges from the box and they all cower like children who have been caught sticking their hand in their mother’s purse. Cano was a pretty good sport about it, he shook everyone’s hand and even hugged a couple of the more shocked and embarrassed guys. One of the boobirds even went so far as to say that he was definitely going to boo Cano because he took the money and ran. The irony of this whole situation is clearly lost on a large segment of Yankee fans. They are mad because Robinson Cano went to the team that offered more money.
Give yourselves a moment to process that.
Yes, it is pretty silly for a fan of the New York Yankees to be angry with Cano for leaving the team to join another team that was offering him a bigger contract. Isn’t that what all of the other fans around baseball constantly bitch and moan about when it comes to the Yankees? Why yes, yes it is. The Yankees steal all of their players because they have all the money, they buy their championships, blah, blah, blah.
Look, you can boo him, you can cheer him, you can be completely indifferent, you can politely clap for him or you can give him a standing ovation for his years of service. You can do whatever you want because I’m not your mother and I don’t want to lecture but I do want some of you to really think about it before you do anything rash.
The guy was our most reliable player for nearly a decade. Sure he had some down times, all players go through that but for most of the time that Cano wore the Yankee pinstripes, he was one of the best, if not the best player on the team and personally, I think it’s really pointless to be so angry with someone for going after the money when guys do it all the time to come here.
Do you see what I’m saying?
And then on the flip side of the booing controversy there was a whole mess stirred up this morning because the Yankees said they weren’t going to honor Cano with a video tribute upon his return to the Stadium. They cited other instances in which a player returned to the Stadium and they didn’t honor them with a video. Guys like David Cone, Tino Martinez, David Wells and Jason Giambi were among the players mentioned. Then people brought up what Boston did for Jacoby Ellsbury when he returned to Fenway two weeks ago. They honored him with a video and they even played his walk-up music for his first at bat.
Now I can see why some people – the ones who aren’t planning on booing – would be annoyed that the Yankees aren’t doing something for Cano considering what he meant to the team during the time he was here and that they would bring up Ellsbury’s experience at Fenway as a reason for the Yankees to do something but there are a few key differences in the individual situations.
- Ellsbury won a championship with Boston last year.
- Cano and the Yankees didn’t make the playoffs.
- Ellsbury didn’t say anything bad about his former team when he signed with the Yankees.
- Cano said he felt disrespected by the Yankees’ offer and the Yankees front office is probably still peeved about it.
I think it would be nice for the Yankees to play a video for Cano’s return but it’s not the end of the world if they don’t.
With all of that said, Cano has never said anything bad about the fans. He’s always said nice things about the crowd at Yankee Stadium and again, I personally think that booing him for taking more money is really not a good look for Yankee fans.
Of course, all of this back and forth about booing Robinson Cano and not showing tribute videos may be for nothing because the weather forecast looks a little iffy for this evening. It seems that the Mariners brought Seattle-like rain with them.
[Editor’s note: This is my opinion. You do not have to agree with it and it’s perfectly okay if you don’t just be nice about it in the comments. – SG]