I was wrong. I never thought there would more than a smattering of boos for Robinson Cano at Kaufman Stadium last night. But the fans there outdid themselves. It was one of the biggest shows of hatred against a player in a long time, and certainly the biggest one I have ever seen.
Add fatigue to the mix (a 4:30 am KC arrival) and you have a horrendous Home Run Derby for Robinson Cano.
* Where in the world was Derek Jeter? The other Yankee representatives were on the field expressing their support for Cano throughout his turn during the Derby, but Jeter was nowhere to be seen. Just imagine if it were Alex Rodriguez who'd been missing!
* Since his team won the event, Cano's charity will receive $150,000 and another $100,00 will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs Of America in Cano's name. The donations are a wonderful thing, but is that all that having teams in the Home Run Derby means? What do the guys on the team get? Anything?
* Reggie Jackson, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch last night, will be staying away from the Yankees for a while. Depending on who you ask, he's either been banned/suspended or he and the team mutually agreed that he stay away for a while. Whatever the case, Reggie is Reggie. This incident won't be the last of its kind. He will open his mouth again. Eventually.