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Won’t somebody think of the poor superstars being booed?

Jul 10, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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I thought Robinson Cano getting mercilessly booed and jeered by the Kansas City fans at last night’s Home Run Derby was a bit … childish. I mean, really, we get it. You wanted Billy Butler in the Derby. I kind of did too, if for no other reason than it would allow me to say “Country Breakfast” more often than I already do.

It did seem, though, that the degree to which they booed Cano was a bit much and that it ended up reflecting more poorly on the crowd than anything. Made the fans seem too insecure and provincial and that’s never a good look.

But hey, they paid their money and they can do what they want.  It’s not like anyone should feel the need to do anything about it, right?  Right?!



As I clutch my pearls, try to fight off the vapors and look for my fainting couch, I too am desperate to find a way to keep a big baseball star from being booed. Because that is clearly the end of the world and must be stopped.

Unless this were to happen in New York, in which case the fans would be given a free pass by the likes of Harper and the player being booed would be told, hey, you just gotta learn to handle the pressure of New York, pal.

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  1. yournuts - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    First of all if you’re worried about the Home Run derby you have a lot of issues. It is for charity, it is boring and it means nothing. Get a life, take your wife out and show her a good time and if you don’t haver a wife, look in the mrror because you are someone who needs to find something better to do than watch grown men do charity work for children and then bitch about who was doing the work.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Yournuts: “I will always remember your comments when the yanks roll all over your teams. Championship number 28 coming soon.
      A word to the wise, If your children ever do go an live in New York then it is a 68% chance that they will convert to being a huge Yankee fan.”

      You see…the Cardinals have 12 Championships of their own. We are actually quite content with our rooting interests. Hell…I am thrilled with it.

      Yournuts: “look in the mrror because you are someone who needs to find something better to do than watch grown men do charity work for children and then bitch about who was doing the work.”

      Yeah…you are really helping your cause’ with these two posts.
      And you are surprised at all the bashing? Hello….Mr. Obvious.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      When did my nuts get a log on?

      I wonder what my nuts’ password is.

  2. Reggie's Bush - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    I’d boo him too.

    Those saying KC acted like an angry mob yesterday, how different is the collective mob bashing them? Not very. Also, what damage was done? None – so that is a very useless angry mob.

    • daisycutter1 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Good point.

      A not-useless angry mob would have had at least one maniac run out on the field. KC, like their baseball team for the past 25+ years, fails again.

  3. skeleteeth - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    All he had to do was text his good friend Chase Utley on how to handle such a situation:

    • daisycutter1 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Cano handled it pretty well, actually. He’s on Twitter – or someone who works for him is – and while you could infer he was surprised by the vehemence of the crowd, he still took it all pretty much in stride.

      • IdahoMariner - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        And Brandon McCarthy was tweeting about how he thought it was fine – insults and threatening families = too far, but booing because your guy didn’t get in = passion. I think booing is silly mostly, but if the players themselves are okay with it during an exhibition, why do the rest of us care?

  4. randygnyc - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I have lived in manhattan for 25 years. People are provincial, to the nnth degree. People who live in manhattan don’t consider Brooklyn, the Bronx, etc, to be a part of NYC. Only Manhattan. And below 96th street. Above that, well, then that’s Harlem (even if it’s not).

  5. djpostl - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Everything about the All-Star Game & its festivities is a joke now.

    It “means something”…but lil Timmy from Osh Kosh By Gosh, Wisconsin gets to vote 25 times.

    It “means something”…but we still have to take a guy from every team (unless an injury occurs) so a guy like Chris Perez is in the bullpen but Rafael Soriano (whose ERA is less than half of Perez’s) is not involved.

    It “means something”…but the AL Manager all but says he won’t be employing much strategy because fans want to see guys just grippin it & ripping it.

    The damn thing is meant to be an exhibition so leave it that way. Don’t let it determine home field in the World Series.

  6. giantola - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Here’s the deal, most of us here in KC are very loyal to our people. I believe this to be a fact of most mid-westerners. What you need to understand is that many of us dislike New York, New Yorkers, and espescially Yankees. NYC is an over hyped, over populated sess pool of degenerates. Is what we did last night any different than you uppity douche bags chanting “Who’s your Daddy” to Pedro? Oh by the way how’d that one work out for you? We accomplished what we wanted, Cano 0 Hr’s, New Yorkers crying foul play, and the World seeing the loyalty we Royals fans have. Don’t disrespect us and we won’t make you look like a fool on national television.

    • sparky1002 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      KC still playing major league ball????

      • mattyflex - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM


    • earoyce - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Not much else to get excited about when your team has finished over .500 once since 1994…

      But anyway, I really would have loved to see what Billy Butler, with a career high of 21 HRs in a season, could have done in the HR derby…clearly way more deserving than the participants Cano picked. Lol.

      • daisycutter1 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        I wonder if Butler even going to play tonight.

        Why would Ron Washington, in a game that could potentially affect his team should they make it back to the series, play someone who doesn’t really deserve to be there?

    • ssazz - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      Well I’m just a “degenerate” living in a “sess(?) pool” (whatever the hell that is) but to address your inquiry as to what happened last night being any different than Yankee fans chanting “who’s your daddy” to Pedro during an actual y’know game, the answer is, it’s very different. See it has to do with context, rivalry, and ongoing competitive races within the same division. Something it’s understandable an entire generation of KC fans have zero knowledge or understanding of. As for how’d it work out? The Yankees regularly beat Pedro, even in his prime, which led him to uttering the original statement that the Yankees were in fact his “daddy” after another one of those unsuccessful outings against them. If you were referring to Pedro pitching successfully out of bullpen against the Yankees in the ’04 ALCS, well you can’t win ’em all. (but of course your standard issue Yankee hater would cherry pick that moment as though it was the only time, or season, that the chant took place…) The Yankees then did have to wait until ’09 for the team to again get back to it’s winning ways. That is true, so huzzah for your brilliant and stinging attack. Well played.

      As for “loyalty” and that being some exclusive hallmark of KC fans and mid-westerners, well we’ll just see what kind of reception Robbie gets the next time he steps into the batters box at Yankee Stadium for his first AB during next homestand following the All-Star break. Something tells me all the “degenerate” New Yorkers are gonna let him know just what we feel about our best player.

      So enjoy your thrilling victory and how the entire nation saw KC fans booing a guy during an exhibition. You can tell your grandkids about it one day. It’s fine, they had their big moment after Cano clearly, and so rudely and purposefully disrespected the entire fanbase, organization, and apparently from the sounds of things, the entire mid-west! Well, they showed him, boy howdy.

      But here’s another “deal”, Cano is one the best players in the game and shrugged off last nights booing barrage with class. NYY fans love our homegrown MVP caliber 2B and being booed on the road is just another night at the office for those guys. Robbie I’m sure could care less because he’s got bigger fish to fry the rest of the way. Go Yankees!!!

      • brian32556 - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        ssazz – Well said my friend!!!

      • 18thstreet - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

        Local fan likes his team. Film at 11.

    • daisycutter1 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      Evidently the educational standards in KC are as good as the baseball team.

      It’s “cesspool”, you rube.

    • Jeremy T - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      Butler’s a fine hitter, but he’s not a slugger. More of a doubles/high average guy if I remember right. Not picking him is no more of an insult than not picking Nick Markakis.

  7. rooney24 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Oh my God! Can we just drop this already? Apparently, it comes as a shock to people that fans at a sporting event might boo someone, a Yankee no less. Even Craig is inconsistent by starting out calling the fans insecure for the amount of booing, while trying to pass it off as not being offended at the end. Make up your mind.

    The only reason that it seemed excessive is because he was up there 10 minutes or so hitting. In a normal game, if they boo his entire at bat, it may be only 2-3 minutes. Cano did not seem bothered by it, and shrugged it off when interviewed. Why is everyone else making a big deal about it? Personally, I thought it was assume!! It shows that the KC fans support their team and have some heart, even though their team has struggled for the last too many years.

    • rooney24 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      Doh! It should say that I thought it was awesome, not “assume”.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        Don’t sweat it Rooney. We “assumed” you thought it was “awesome.”

  8. seanbo55 - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM


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