Robinson Cano Says the Fans Crossed the Line
New York Yankees All-Star Robinson Cano received an awful welcome from the fans in Kansas City during Monday night’s Home Run Derby. The event was held in Kauffman Stadium, and the filled ballpark was overrun with boos and jeers for the American League captain of the Derby team. The ill feelings towards Robinson Cano stemmed from Cano leaving hometown designated hitter Billy Butler off of the American League squad. The team captain gets to pick the participants. As the jeers began, it appeared to be a simple showing of support for Butler. But as the night wore on, the boos for Cano never stopped. As a matter of fact, they were so bad that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig stated that new rules may be put in place to include a hometown slugger in upcoming home run derbies. In Tuesday’s actual MLB All-Star Game, Robinson Cano received more of the same treatment. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just Cano that felt the heat of the fans. According to Bombers Beat, Cano stated that the fans went “over the line,” by taking out their frustrations on Cano’s family. The Yankees’ slugger and All-Star second baseman gave the following comments after leaving tonight’s All-Star Game:
I knew coming in I was going to get booed. The only thing that I would say that I didn’t like was the way they treated my family when they went to the restroom (at Kauffman Stadium). But it’s part of the game and hopefully it stops here and we’ll move forward.
They were yelling stuff to my family, which is not — I don’t see the right thing. You know, this is a game and we’re All-Stars. I mean, if I get booed, I don’t really care. But I mean, when they start with your family, that’s over the line.
Thank God they didn’t do anything (physical). You don’t want to take this too far away. It takes away the line when they do something to your family. Because it’s just a game. This is the kind of stuff that you want to have fun and you want to go home with good memories.
Fans have the right to boo players. What is unfortunate is that many fans don’t seem to know where to stop. The families of players deserve absolutely no ill-treatment or harassment. Boo the players, not the families. Kansas City is a first-class town. Let’s hope that the actions of a few buffoons haven’t distorted the public perception of the great city.