When Robinson Cano traded in his pinstripes for Seattle Mariners colors, it was all the talk in the offseason. The American League West gained a big name and baseball fans were left wondering if the $240 million dollar investment would make it rain, or start a drought.
Imagine your life 10 years from now. You automatically think ‘career, family, growing up.” A 31-year-old second baseman has a different mentality. He will still be getting paid from his ginormous contract he signed back in December. Thanks in part to his agent Jay Z aka Young Hov, Jigga, Joe Camel, Lucky Lefty, Iceberg Slim, and S-Dot.
When the season started he was among the big names to be snagged fantasy wise. I am not the type of person to stat his Spring training numbers, because quite frankly it’s a waste of time, and Cano had more news surrounding his contract numbers as opposed to his performance numbers.
Fast forward to April 1, 2014. Robinson Cano’s Mariners’ debut. The $240 million man singled in the fourth inning, drew and intentional walk in the seventh, and doubled in a six-run ninth.
As of this moment, Cano has accumulated a .298 batting average with 18 RBI’s and 37 hits. So is he all he is cracked up to be?
Numbers aside, what about the other factors?
Not everyone is a Pete Rose type player. Baseball is secondary to Cano. It doesn’t mean he is a bad guy. Taking the Mariners $240 million was a good business decision. The fans should give him that. But Robbie should see that the average fan, who loves his or her team feels slighted.
Says Mike O’Hara of the Bleeding Yankee Blue Blogspot.
(Which by the way please check this blog out, it’s sensational).
O’Hara brings up a valid point. While we understand as people, athletes are humans, but as a fan you can’t help but feel slightly turned off by it.
Don’t worry, I won’t go into the “life isn’t fair” lecture that mom likes to give you at this point of the article.
Put this into perspective. Cano’s journey hasn’t been just locking arms with Ms. Sasha Fierce and posing in photos at The Grammys. He’s been booed on the field (obviously by Yankees fans), but that was to be expected which means he lost a lot of respect for Yankees fans. That’s a lot of respect. If you had $1.00 for every New York Yankees fan, you could probably pay their yearly salary. While this may be a slight exaggeration, you understand my point.
Robinson Cano will be reunited with Yankees teammates when he is inducted into the Hall of Fame booing or no booing. This means, at the end of the day, Robinson Cano is a winner here no matter what.
I don’t have to list out the years Cano has made the All-Star roster and won Golden Glove and Silver Slugger awards. We all know he is the real deal. It is his first year on a new team, and there is still a lot of time left for Cano to prove himself to the Emerald City, and trust me, he will.
Like Jay Z says “I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me.”
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