In his much-anticipated return to the Bronx, Robinson Cano was greeted by a chorus of boos by fans of the New York Yankees in each of his five at-bats. Although this type of reaction towards the former Yankees second baseman was very much expected, his former fans should have shown their 2009 World Series champion a little bit more respect.
What fans of the Bronx Bombers are failing to realize is exactly what Cano did for them during his nine years in pinstripes. The five-time All-Star ranks among the franchise’s all-time best in several offensive categories. Cano finished his career as a Yankee with a ninth-best batting average of .309 in a 23rd-best 1374 games played for New York.
It doesn’t stop there. Cano ranks 15th in franchise history with 1649 hits and 12th all-time with 2692 total bases. That puts him in the same conversation as other greats like Derek Jeter, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. That’s pretty solid company if you ask me.
Cano signing a monster 10-year deal with the Seattle Mariners for $240 million should be something that Yankee fans would understand better than anyone in the league. It’s their team that has shelled out that kind of big-time money over and over again. It was only a matter of time until another team decided to give them a taste of their own medicine, thus stealing one of their prized possessions right from under their sometimes stuck-up nose.
In the end, it was Cano who had the last laugh as the Mariners topped the Yankees to open up the series. Perhaps next time, the fans should start to think about the happy moments the team had with cano before summoning the unnecessary boo birds.