Robinson Cano makes his return to the Bronx tonight as a member of the Seattle Mariners for a showdown against the New York Yankees. However, if you were expecting there to be a Robinson Cano video tribute a la Jacoby Ellsbury and the Boston Red Sox, you’re not going to see one.
According to Bob Klapisch of NorthJersey.com, the Yankees will not honor Cano during the first game of the three game set. It was a different tune in Boston when the Red Sox honored Ellsbury for his nine seasons with the team before he signed a multi-year contract with the New York Yankees.
“It proved to me there were no hard feelings [about signing with the Yankees],” Ellsbury said about his tribute video. “I gave everything I had to that town, to that team. I’m glad they acknowledged it.”
There was a difference between Ellsbury’s departure and Cano’s departure: Ellsbury wasn’t offered a contract from the Red Sox and never said a bad word about his former employer while Cano rebuffed an offer of $175 Million for seven years and later said he felt “disrespected” by the Yankees. The comment still bothers the Yankees and of course, they have every right to still be upset. If a player is offered $175 Million to play for the Yankees, that would be a blessing. Instead, it was labeled as a “disrespected” price for arguably the best second basemen in the game.
I’ll have fan reaction later to my ‘Would Fans boo or cheer Robinson Cano’ post later in the afternoon. I’ll leave you with a question though; would you cheer or boo Cano when he steps into the batters box tonight?