Sure, booing Robinson Cano when he came up to bat at the home run derby Monday night at Kauffman Stadium was all in good fun.
But when the booing continued before every pitch - and when fans were cheering for Cano's outs - it got a little ugly, as the national TV commentators pointed out. Really?
Folks, it was an EXHIBITION. It didn't count. It didn't really matter that the Royals' Billy Butler wasn't in the home run hitting contest - even though Cano had kind of promised to pick him. Butler is in the bigger, more important All-Star Game after all.
Anyway, the fans will go home happy: Cano, the defending champ, hit exactly zero home runs. But his dad had to stand there while hearing his son booed - at an exhibition.
Of course, all three of Cano's selections for the home run hitting contest advanced to the second round. So maybe the Yankees' second baseman knew what he was doing after all.
| Yael T. Abouhalkah, The Star