Sometimes news people have to somehow generate stories when things are slow. Last week's return of the Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano to Yankee Stadium was an example of this.
While Cano was an outstanding player for the Yanks, and would
definitely make a list of the top fifty Yankees of all time (on my list he'd be
around number 43 or so), the team has many great players through the years who
have gone on to play for other clubs.
If I had been in the stands I would not have booed him. Nor
would I have cheered.
Yes he left for a bigger paycheck, but Yankee fans need to
realize many of their star players through the years (and even this past
offseason) have bolted their teams to take more money from the Yankees. So why
should Cano be vilified for that? He should not be.
The Yankees management also made the right decision (for a
change) by not offering Cano a contract for longer than seven years. Seven
years is enough for a player who is already 30 years old.
So no boos or cheers for Robinson. Maybe Seattle will have a
contending team within the next few years. Maybe they won't and he’ll finish
his contract in a rainy town.
The most absurd aspect surrounding Cano's return was Michael
Kay's reaction to the fans jeering of the second baseman. The boos weren't that
overwhelming. It just may have sounded that way because Yankee Stadium was
two-thirds empty. If the place was at full capacity of 50,000 people, the jeers
may not have been as noticeable. If Yankee fans were really that angry about Cano
taking the money and running, wouldn't they have put up with the bad weather,
bought and a ticket to the game, and boo with everyone else. But that didn't
happen. Not enough fans cared enough one way or the other.
Kay made it sound like the fans' reaction was the most horrible
thing in the world. Please. This is a non-story. The real story, if any news
writers are interested, is how Yankee Stadium is half empty even on days when
the weather is nice. Either the ticket brokers or the team is taking a bath on
sales. Somebody is losing money. Not many people want to spend $100 to watch
two boring teams for three hours. And that's with or without Cano on the