Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Robinson Cano was booed out of the Home Run Derby

Posted By on Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Cano still loves you, Kansas City.
  • Cano still loves you, Kansas City.
For a week, the hosts of the sports talk shows in Kansas City have been urging fans to boo Robinson Cano during the Home Run Derby for failing to pick Billy Butler, the designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals, to represent the American League. And Monday night, the fans obliged by raining down boos on last year's home-run champ. Cano failed to knock a single baseball out of the park, and it was then, and only then, that the fans in attendance applauded his effort.

And so a day after Kansas City is being lauded for the ability to purchase tickets for the Futures Game and the Celebrity Softball Game, the narrative has flipped to suggest that fans are pouring their invective, cultivated from nearly three decades of losing, into one man in pinstripes.

The fans see Butler's 16 home runs and the color of his jersey and believe that he'd earned the right to compete. Cano sees a guy who crushes sandwiches and line drives but isn't a pure home-run hitter. Neither is wrong. You can take the booing as a sign of passion or classlessness, but the reality is that it was a moment for pundits during an exhibition game. And it won't take away from the moment tonight when Butler is announced as an All-Star.

"Baseball fans are going to boo. That's what they do," said sportscaster Jack Harry before the derby.

Our flat-top Nostradamus was right. Let's see Kauffman Stadium get that loud during a game that counts, and then we'll have something to really talk about.
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