Even though he's a Yankee, Robinson Cano isn't a guy who is booed often. He's got a huge smile, an extremely likable game, and has the distinct advantage of playing for the Yankees but not being Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez; he's not the sort of guy you single out.
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But last night, Cano got enough boos to last him a couple of years. During the Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Royals fans let Cano have it, unleashing a torrent of vitriol at the Yankees second baseman. It was really quite something; it took you aback to watch it. Why, you ask? Because Cano, the "captain" of the American League Home Run Derby team, didn't pick hometown boy Billy Butler.
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This was similar to last year, when Arizona's Justin Upton wasn't picked, but Royals fans cared a lot more than Diamondbacks fans and just hammered Cano. It apparently worked: Cano, the defending champion, didn't hit a single homer. Fortunately, this is a meaningless, bombastic, brainless competition that you now never have to think about again. We do wonder whether booing Cano is gonna become a thing every time the Yankees visit the Royals. That might be kind of fun, actually.
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