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Selig Changes Tune, Says MLB May Alter HR Derby After K.C. Fans' Reaction To Cano
Published July 11, 2012
CROSSING THE LINE? Cano said that some family members "were harassed in the Kauffman Stadium concourse on Monday night." He said, "I knew coming in I'm going to get booed. The only thing that I would say I didn't like was the way they treated my family when they went to the restroom. ... If I get booed, I don't really care, but stuff with your family, that's over the line." Cano's father, Jose, said that there was "extra security around the family Tuesday night" (NEWSDAY, 7/11). YAHOO SPORTS' Jeff Passan wrote under the header, "Booing Robinson Cano Was Kansas City's Privilege, But Then The City Lost It." Passan: "The idea that the booing represented some sort of stand by the fans against Kansas City's insignificance is wildly wrongheaded. It was mean for meanness' sake, hostile for hostility's sake, an acid-rain shower on a Yankee who they believed did them dirty" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/10). ESPN’s J.A. Adande said the booing was "harsh and unnecessary." Adande: "Don’t take the fun out of the event. Robinson Cano looked like he didn’t even want to be there anymore. It was no fun when everyone is booing you in a Home Run contest” (“PTI,” ESPN, 7/10). L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke said, "I thought that was over the top. I thought that was a little bit too much for the guy. I think at some point, you have to just kind of let it go. You made your point and at some point not become just a fan of your team, but a fan of the game." However, Denver Post columnist Woody Paige said, "There was nothing wrong with it. It was the best part of the Derby.” Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw said, "These fans haven’t had a postseason game in 27 years; they don’t have one on the horizon. This is their big two nights. I don’t blame them at all.” SB Nation’s Bomani Jones: “If you’re going to spend all of that money to sit outside in the heat and watch batting practice, you pretty much get to do whatever you want" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 7/10).