Handing out midseason hardware
July 10, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Is there a bigger non-story than the Kansas City fans booing New York second baseman Robinson Cano at Monday's Home Run Derby?
Following some national baseball writers' timelines on Twitter, you'd have thought the Royals fans committed some national crime. I'm sorry, are Yankees not allowed to be booed anymore. Does their $200 million-plus payroll protect them from jeers?
Cano is a member of the Yankees. I'm pretty sure he gets booed in just about every opposing stadium he plays in. Is it as vociferous as it was on Monday? No, but, you know what, he probably should have picked Billy Butler on his team.
Now, I personally have no problem with him not picking Butler. He's a doubles hitter, not a home run guy, and likely would have been a disaster. But he is a member of the host team and Cano had stated that he would pick a Royal back when he was named captain.
I don't think it would kill MLB to kind of nudge these captains into picking someone from the host club.
Booing Cano, though? Big deal. In fact, I thought it was the best part of what is really the worst night in all of the All-Star festivities. Too bad Cano didn't deliver. It would have been nice to see that stuff go on all night.
The one person you had to feel for was Cano's father, who was pitching to him. He looked shaken by the boos. Again, though, if he's that sensitive, he should probably cancel any trips to Fenway Park to see his son play.
READ MORE: http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=mlb/writers/roundingthird/index.htm