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Robinson Cano says Royals fans went “over the line” by yelling at his family members

Jul 11, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

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Robinson Cano had no problem with fans in Kansas City booing him for leaving Royals designated hitter Billy Butler out of the Home Run Derby, but when the harassment at Kauffman Stadium extended to his family members that was another story.

Cano said he felt fans “went over the line” by yelling things at his mother and father as they left their seats to use the bathroom, explaining:

This is a game. We’re All-Stars. And if I get booed, I don’t really care. But when they start with your family, that’s over the line. Thank God they didn’t do anything more. You don’t want people to take it too far and do something to your family. It’s just a game. You want to have fun with it and go home with some good memories.

I personally can’t imagine caring enough about the Home Run Derby to even be upset with Cano about Butler’s exclusion, but regardless of that the notion that going after a guy’s family is something that crosses someone’s mind is pretty scary.

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  1. thetruth1313 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    If anything the should be cheering Cano’s dad. He did pitch a shut-out against Robinson.

  2. thefalcon123 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    I think this is one of those unfortunate things of the internet era. It’s incredibly easy for some nutbar to plop down at laptop and threaten people with violence with no possibility of repercussion. I mean, in the old days you had to physically mail a letter to someone to threaten them from a distance. Now all you have to do is take a 2 minute break from watching youtube clips of kittens being all cute to threaten someone’s family because he left someone out of the home run derby.

    If you are the type of person who does this…just don’t. Seriously, you rank among the worst kind of internet scum.

    • chill1184 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Whichs begs the questions which is funnier? Internet Muscles or Beer Muscles?

  3. ermur22 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    KC should be embarrassed…they r lucky Butler was included on the team cause he didn’t deserve to be there….he was a courtesy pick for the city and then they boo?! Classless!!! I don’t even think the Royals had fans

    • rmfp1978 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      This sort of thing would never happen in st.louis. they should host the all star game every year

  4. metalhead65 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    I have a hard time believing anyone said a word to his family,the poor baby had his feelings hurt getting booed now he is trying to make the fans the bad guy because he can’t handle it.

    • hammyofdoom - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      You really have a hard time believing people screamed at his family? You must have way more faith in humans than I do, because that seems just like what some stupid drunken fans would do.

    • metalhead65 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      look if cano had not said he was going to choose somebody from the Royals to begin with none of this would have happened. he went back on his word and the fans let him have it. to bad he is not thick skinned enough to take it without crying like a little bitch but it is his own fault and trying to make the fans look bad by saying they harassed his family just makes him look worse.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        How hard is it to understand that booing a player is one thing (which Cano took in stride and didn’t complain about at all) and harassing a player’s family? The former is fine*, the latter is out of bounds. Stop saying he’s acting like a bitch when he’s worried about his family.

        *I don’t agree, but some do.

      • yournuts - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Booing an athlete while they’re on the field or court of play is a paying customer’s right. Harassing that person’s family, on the other hand, is disgraceful.

    • mikecubbie69 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Maybe we should see how big of a man you are if they started picking on YOUR family! Its NOT cool to go after a players family, because they are making it personal. I think its the Royals fans who are the big babies, crying because their player(who didnt even belong there in the first place!) didnt get in the Home Run Derby…..awww boo freaking hoooo….or maybe you are one of those crybaby Royals fans……..?

    • yournuts - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      Metalhead, you’re a pretty classsless individual. All the players families were sitting together and complained about the Cano’s were treated. Since I believe that you feel justified in the fans actions you must be from Kansas City too. If is to bad you can’t see the light that insulting someone’s family is just a bad omen.

      • metalhead65 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        no I am not from kansas city or a royals fan. just tired of players whining because they can’t take the heat over their actions. in his case he promised he would have a royals player in the derby and then did not and could not handle getting booed by the fans over it. in response he cries and said the harassed his parents,to bad maybe next time he won’t make promises he does not plan on keeping.

      • randall351 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM

        I agree that jeering at a player’s family is classless, as previously stated; however, I haven’t seen anything about other player’s families complaining about how Cano’s family was treated. The only thing I’ve seen is what Cano himself said.

        Do you happen to have the source of your information?

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        Your lobotomy was successful!

    • stevem7 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Guess if you have a hard time believing anyone said a word to his family then you are most appropriately named metalhead65 because your circuits up there aren’t working at all. You must be from KC is all I can figure.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        His lobotomy was successful.

  5. dexterismyhero - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    So everyone in KC deserves your rant? Maybe the next time you fly, your plane goes down. Yeah, we are hoping for that.


    • wlschneider09 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      What sort of idiot would write this? The sort of idiot who thinks Kansas City would be affected by a hurricane.

    • wlschneider09 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      My apologies, I hit the wrong reply button. The above was meant for rico.

  6. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Someone please tell me I’m missing some meme or random movie quote, and this isn’t some horribly racist remark?

    • natstowngreg - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      Seems like the latter.

    • dontcarewhatusay - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      Here goes this idiot with his racism claims again. Why don’t you go crawl up Al Sharpton’s ass. I’m sure you’ll feel safe and secure there.

  7. badmamainphilliesjamas - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Well, that comment certainly raised the level of the discourse.
    Hurricanes in Kansas? And this might rock your world, rico, but Kansas City isn’t in Kansas, either.

    • badmamainphilliesjamas - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      Reply was for rico

  8. mikecubbie69 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    The Royals fans should be ashamed of themselves. Going after a players family is classless and disgusting. Butler WAS lucky he was even on the team at all!

  9. randall351 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Wow, you are one closed minded ignorant ass.

    Too bad a hurricane didn’t destroy NY back when the Yankees were awful in the 80’s, or even back from 1965-1971 because based on your logic NY didn’t deserve a team.

    • gardyleon - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Now I say, wow to you! I think you are the ignorant one here. Anyone that compares the history of an expansion team that have won 1 World Championship with the history of the franchise with the most World Champioships of all professional sports in history has to be ignorant, if not stupid. The Yankees have been bad a couple of times when all their all stars retired or got old at one point but that will happen to any team that has been around for more than 100 years. It will happen again, but you count the successful years against the losing years, and KC in the total has been a AA team at best compared to the Yankees. And don’t you or anyone try to justify the child like behavior because the only one player you got to the All Star game by courtesy was not included in the Homerun Derby, when there are many other players that are legitimate sluggers were excluded from there. Granderson was co-leader in homeruns last year and had 23 at the break, almost twice what Butler has, and was not included by his own teammate. Is he having a rant about it? Taking it on one of the three best players in all of MLB today is not only classless, it is sour grapes and bad losers.

      • giantola - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        16*2 = 32
        16 is closer to 23 than 23 is to 32. Your logic makes no sense.

        I guess you’re saying Fielder shouldn’t have been in it cause he only has 15 which is 1 less than Billy Butler. Don’t worry New Yorkers, your education will eventaully catch up with the rest of the world.

      • ssazz - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        Wow another “education” crack toward New Yorkers from a guy who’s posts are riddled with grammar and spelling errors. Classic.

      • randall351 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        What are you talking about? Where did I stand up for the idiots who jeered his family? No one in this little conversation here is trying to justify their behavior. In fact I state as much in a few posts further up the thread.

        My post was directed at the ignoramus, rico, who thinks that just because a city’s professional sports team isn’t winning at some point in time that means that city doesn’t deserve a professional team, and that somehow that reflects on the whole region and everyone should be wiped out by a hurricane.

        It doesn’t matter if that team has won 20+ championships or 0, to say something like a city doesn’t deserve a team because they aren’t winning is a dumb statement. If that were true than the Yankees would have never came to be because they started off horribly in the 1900s.
        All teams go through ups and downs and just because one team has been around longer doesn’t mean that it somehow is more important than the others.

        You remind me of a little child that comes into the middle of a conversation and has no clue what is going on, perhaps you should read the rest of the thread to keep up with the comments.

  10. yournuts - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Totally classless Royal fans.

  11. yournuts - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    You’re a pretty classless guy blueblood86. I can also tell from your comment that your a bigot too. I hope you’re not a reflection of Royal fans?

  12. cmdrsmooth - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Royal loser fans.

  13. richatthelake - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Rico, you know nothing of Kansas City, hurricanes or New York “hospitality.” As 25-year olds, my wife & I drove to New York for game 3 of the 1980 ALCS. Bought scalped tickets & sat in the left field stands. Wearing Royals’ caps apparently is a criminal offense as we were cursed at from the time we sat down until after George Brett’s 3-run homer off Gossage to clinch the series sweep. We never responded to any of the taunts. As those nice Yankee fans departed, they threw beers & soft drinks at us, flipped us off & repeatedly cursed at us. To their credit a small number of NY fans stood & cheered at the end of the game, either saluting their own team or in respect of the victors, I think it was the former.

    My wife & I have been to 18 ballparks over the years & our two trips to Yankee Stadium were easily the worst, so stop your whining about other cities being unworthy of a MLB team.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      drove to New York for game 3 of the 1980 ALCS

      You were in the Bronx in 1980, you might as well have said you went to Beirut. Things have changed in the last 30 years or so, but point taken.

  14. giantola - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Cano has some issues apparently. I was there not to far away from the players families. The only thing I heard a fan say to Mr. Cano was “Good pitching yeseterday!” Everyone around clapped and laughed. It was in good fun, just as the booing was on Monday. If that bothered them than they should have stayed home. Now if it happened in the restroom or the concourse, I would not have witnessed it, and would be ashamed of my fellow KC’ers. One more thing to remember, Cano lied about having Butler on the team. How do we know he isn’t making this up to try and save face.

    As for those who say Butler wasn’t deserving of an All-Star spot, check your baseball stats. Billy has been one of the top hitters in the game for the past 4 years. Maybe not HR power, but he is always one of the top Doubles hitters, hits near or above .300, and has nearly 100 RBI yearly.

    Finally, to that Rico dude. KC is in Missouri, We are in the center of the USA, NYC schools must not teach geography. Hurricanes occur in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. What we have here in the mid-west are called tornadoes, ie. Joplin, Missouri. I do agree with one thing though, it would be nice to see Kansas, well at least Lawerence, wiped out by a “Nader”. Jayhawks make me sick.

    Royals fans we should be proud! I’ve heard early reports that this was one of the most attended All-Star events ever dispite the 100+ temperatures.

    • teambringitstrong - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      You’re a liar.

      • giantola - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        About what?
        Where Hurricanes occur
        Where KC is located
        Billy Butlers stats
        the temperature outside
        or that I didn’t hear any of the supposed harrasment of Cano’s family

    • ssazz - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      What is the logic in saying Cano’s parents should have “stayed home”, that is just pathetic. How do we know you’re not lying to save face? What section were you in, and how close were you that you can accuse Robinson or his parents of lying? Completely lame, and totally classless.

      Here’s some advice for KC, develop a power hitter who is clearly deserving of a HR Derby spot, and then you won’t have to cry about it anymore. Simple.

      And from this freakish obsession with Cano that KC fans have exhibited over two separate nights in their ball park, and all over the internet the last 48 hours, I would say it is clearly they who are dealing with “some issues”.

      KC fans can go back to rooting for their guy Butler (who from the reception last night you’d think was the second coming of Ruth, Mays, and Mantle all rolled up into one… sheesh) and Yankee fans will go back to watching Robbie dig in and really buckle down now for the second half run! (it will be tough for Cano to best Hamilton for AL MVP, but he’ll make it at least interesting the rest of way just the same) Go Yankees!!!!

    • giantola - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      From your New York media.

      As I stated earlier it must of happened away from their seats. Jeter’s final statement sums up what all pro athletes and their families deal with. In this instance several intoxicated minors started the confrontation. From my source at Kauffman Stadium Security, several other fans stepped in to help Mr. Cano, until security arrived and took proper actions.

      The actions of a few hood rat kids should not reflect on KC as a whole. As for the reactions by us on the blogs, that’s what we do here in the HEART of the USA. We stick up for one another, especially when some East Coaster tries to bash our Home Town.

      • ssazz - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        Oh, that’s what you do in the HEART of the USA, huh? And we “East Coasters” don’t know anything about sticking up for our own, huh? Too bad you couldn’t have been in my city (y’know the “sess” pool as you called it yesterday) on September 11, 2001, you would’ve seen a thing or two about how my Home Town folks (y’know, those “degenerates” as you call them) look out for one another as well. And in a baseball sense you better believe we have Robbie’s back every bit as much.

        And so now you’ve changed your tune and aren’t accusing Robinson and his parents of lying? What changed? Did you just consult with your “source” within the last few hours or something? If so, and you now know he was telling the absolute truth, will you offer an apology for insinuating that Robbie might’ve been lying?

        I appreciated Jeter’s comments, he knows not to paint with a wide brush the way you seem incapable of doing. No one ever claimed that every fan in attendance berated Mr and Mrs Cano, still nice straw man argument anyway. But again Jeter lives on the “East Coast” and plays for the Yankees, so I’m surprised you’d even quote him. Interesting though that you skipped over CC’s, and Torre’s reactions in the same article.

  15. psousa1 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Yankee fans were the most vile pieces of crap ever until they started winning in the late 90’s. Now it’s a 180 degree difference. Half the people who go there couldn’t pick Robinson Cano out of police lineup and even more think Derek Jeter plays Quarterback.

    Funny how people who claim to be lifelong Yankee fans don’t seem to remember in the early 90’s you went there because you couldn’t get Mets tickets. How many times did I hear Phil Rizzuto say “Here they go again with that let’s go Met’s stuff”.

    • ssazz - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Well, now you can get a ticket any night, any day, and any time (including Opening Day!) that you want to see the Mets, because the place is usually half empty.

  16. tuftsb - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    “As for those who say Butler wasn’t deserving of an All-Star spot, check your baseball stats. Billy has been one of the top hitters in the game for the past 4 years. Maybe not HR power, but he is always one of the top Doubles hitters, hits near or above .300, and has nearly 100 RBI yearly.”

    So a guy that doesn’t have home run power should have been in the HR derby? Change the name to the OPS+ Contest and Butler may be a good pick!

  17. juanocasio - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    I admit that do not like Yankees at all but the way the all-star game fans yelling offensive comments to Cano family was wrong and that is no the attitude of baseball fan. And as MLB fan we have to admit Cano will be hall of fame candidate in the future

  18. jolink653 - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    hmm let’s see billy butler? or jose bautista prince fielder and mark trumbo….hmm well it’s pretty close

  19. teamo68 - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    I didn’t have a problem with the fans booing Cano. Thought everyone got a good laugh out of it. However, it’s wrong to yell at his family members. Then again, it’s only takes a few knuckleheads to spoil it for everyone.

    Speaking of knuckleheads, Aaron, if you, “personally can’t imagine caring enough about the Home Run Derby to even be upset with Cano about Butler’s exclusion” then maybe you shouldn’t be writing for Hardball Talk. Maybe there is an opening at Crocheters Weekly or Quilting Digest.

    You were probably still messing your diapers in 1993 when the All-Star game was in Baltimore but, Cito Gaston to a major ribbing for not putting hometown star Mike Mussina in the game. Yeah, those hometown fans can be such babies when they don’t get to see their guys perform.

  20. giantssb42champs - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Bad show for little town KC with the entire country watching. Oh, then again, I just checked the TV ratings. I stand corrected.

  21. stevequinn - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    KC fans have zero class. On the reverse side, I thought Cano, and his infectious smile, epitomized class. In fact, the 3 Yankees who started for the AL are all class guys. Jeter, Cano, and Granderson did the Yankees proud and I admire them. And I was born a Red Sox fan and have hated the Yankees since growing up in Boston.

  22. kcredneck - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    As a group NEW YORK fans are the biggest assholes bar none, but i do not condone yelling at senior citizens,at YANK IT stadium it would have been a homocide!!!!!

  23. db105 - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Maybe the best thing to do is ignore the heckling. How did these people know it was Cano’s family?

  24. chicagosworth - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    I’m sorry, ” who cares “

  25. stonymark - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    As a Roysls fan I’ll say Cano still sucks, but his family is ok… They put up with him too.

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