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Talk Derby To Me: Royals Fans Shower Yankees' Cano With "Relentless Booing"
Published July 10, 2012
NOT A GOOD LOOK FOR YOU: ESPN's John Kruk said of Cano, "You would have to imagine this would bother some (players, but) he plays for the Yankees. Pretty much everywhere he goes they hate him outside of New York. Just goes with the territory of being a New York Yankee.” After Cano went homerless in the Derby and was cheered loudly for each out, ESPN’s Karl Ravech said, “Not what you’d expect in heartland. You didn’t expect a zero from Cano and you certainly didn’t expect the behavior to at least last that long during the round.” ESPN’s Barry Larkin: “It was kind of ugly. That’s not what this whole thing is about. It’s supposed to be positive.” But ESPN’s Terry Francona said the fans “are having fun with it” (“State Farm Home Run Derby,” ESPN, 7/9). In K.C., Sam Mellinger wrote, “There is so much nonsense surrounding the epic booing and mind-fornication Kansas City fans gave Robinson Cano.” Mellinger: “When did everyone get so serious about the Home Run Derby?" (KANSASCITY.com, 7/9). SPORTING NEWS’ Anthony Witrado wrote the crowd's "ridicule of Cano was a focal point of this Home Run Derby,” and it “looked and sounded bad.” The Derby’s current format “is flawed, from the way the teams are chosen to the three-round system and the sheer length of the event.” Changing the format would be "in the best interest of MLB, assuming it doesn’t want its stars mercilessly booed” (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 7/9). The N.Y. Post's Bart Hubbuch wrote on his Twitter feed, "The sports world is so slow right now that a Yankee getting booed is a big story. Really?"
THE NEXT WAVE OF STARS: The AP’s Dave Skretta wrote the All-Star Futures Game Sunday afternoon, considered an "afterthought in most other places, became a must-see event.” A sellout crowd of “better than 40,000 on a picturesque night was spurred on in part by three Royals prospects participating in the game” (AP, 7/9). Baseball HOFer George Brett served as one of the managers in the Futures Game and noted there is a "wave of young talent now” in MLB, but added, "Wait until you see the next wave coming in." Brett: "There are some players out there. It’s in great hands.” Brett said he was impressed by the players because they are young “playing in an All-Star Game in a Major League stadium with 40,000 people there." Brett: "This game was sold-out yesterday. You’d have the little poopies in your pants, wouldn’t you? These guys didn’t have it” ("State Farm Home Run Derby," ESPN, 7/9).