It will be the first time Robinson Cano will be in playing baseball in the Bronx not donning the Yankees pinstripes.
The big elephant in the room is what kind of reception will the ex-homegrown, Yankee receive from the fans?
The break down is easy, you are either on Team Cano or Team Anti-Cano.
This side of Yankees fans has deemed Cano as plain greedy for turning down the Yankees 7-year, $175 million offer for more years and money.
They claim Cano’s loyalty can be bought for the right price, hence the 10-years and $240 million contact he inked with the Mariners and that there was no room left for his lazy attitude either.
Team A-C happens to be elated that Cano is gone, but only after he left.
Many from this group are what I have labeled as delusional fans because they will low blow anyone who says anything against the Bronx Bombers.
These types of fans are impossible to debate with because they don’t listen and a lot of the time sound like idiots. God forbid you prove any of these types wrong, as they will either go silent or take a personal shot at you. Just don’t take anything personally, and let them talk as they always end up looking crazy anyway.
To weed out the delusional ones on TEAM A-C listen for any gloating about how bad a start Cano is off to this season compared to his April’s spent in pinstripes. Even thought that is the truth, any logical person knows the point is irrelevant in the bigger picture.
Robinson Cano - Career Batting Stats in April
2014 23 89 9 26 4 0 1 11 7 14 1 1 0.292 0.340 0.371 0.711 33
2013 26 107 18 35 8 0 7 17 9 17 1 0 0.327 0.379 0.598 0.977 64
2012 22 90 14 24 8 0 1 4 8 8 1 0 0.267 0.323 0.389 0.712 35
2011 23 94 18 31 7 0 8 21 2 14 2 0 0.330 0.343 0.660 1.003 62
2010 22 85 21 34 5 1 8 18 6 10 2 2 0.400 0.436 0.765 1.201 65
2009 22 93 18 34 5 0 5 16 6 9 1 0 0.366 0.400 0.581 0.981 54
Any-who, there are many sane fans that really do feel betrayed by Cano’s departure, and don’t get why he wouldn’t take a lower offer just to stay a Yankee for life.
Difference is this type of Yankees fan will fully acknowledge that Cano is one of the best players in the game, and that his absence would not go unnoticed.
I am one of these pro-Cano fans that feels something just didn’t seem right in the negotiations between the Yankees and Cano during the off-season.
When Cano first got an offer from Seattle, he immediately called the Yankee brass to let them know in hopes that they would counter. But ownership did not budge from 7-years, $175 million, which was when the red flag started flying.
I am NOT saying that the Yankees should have even come close to the Mariners ridiculous offer, but 8-years at $200 million for one of the last, home-grown position player would have been fair.
Cano feels the Yankees disrespected him, and I can’t blame him.
The Yankees did not make that 8-year, $200 million offer to Cano for the reason that he might accept it.
I know this because the week earlier Hal Steinbrenner handed Jacoby Ellsbury a contract worth up to $169 million over 8-years, which was quiet slap in Cano’s face. And this confused all Yankees fans whether they admit it or not.
The bottom line is when I am at Yankee Stadium this Wednesday evening, and Cano steps up for his first at-bat…. I will stand up and clap for him, just this one time.
Truthfully, I am now at peace about losing Cano, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that he gave Yankees fans a lot to cheer about for nine seasons in the Bronx. And I want to let Cano know that it was appreciated.