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July 10, 2012 - Pam Rodgers
I am a Yankee fan and proud of it. I understand what comes with the territory, hatred. To be that good for so long, makes others hate the baseball club just for existing. That’s fine. It’s accepted by now that you either love or hate the Yankees.
However, during the last night’s home run derby, Kansas City fans displayed a horrendous lack of sportsmanship for Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano. Boo him, that’s fine. But to boo the entire time he was taking his turn and then to cheer thunderously when he got an out was just awful. It’s not what the event is all about and KC fans should be ashamed of themselves.
Yes, Cano, as captain of the American League, didn’t pick Royal Billy Butler to be in the home run derby. And let’s be honest, Billy Butler had no right to be in the derby. Besides, Cano did a great job selecting home run hitters. Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe the three guys he did invite to be in the derby were the top three home run hitters of the night.
Prince Fielder won won the derby, Jose Batista was the runner up and Mark Trumbo had the third most home runs in the first two rounds. All three put on a spectacular show and they gave the fans a lot of entertainment. Hmm, I wonder why Cano picked them.
So, hate the Yankees all you want. Boo every player they put on the field. That's fine. But the constant booing was just a step below. It was cruel and petty and not what the game of baseball is all about. Go learn some sportsmanship KC.