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If Robinson Cano plays in the WBC it’ll be for the Dominican Republic

Nov 23, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

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Robinson Cano‘s U.S. citizenship is brand spankin’ new, but if he decides to play in the World Baseball Classic, it’ll be for the Dominican Republic.  He spoke to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News:

“I still have to play for the Dominican, even if I didn’t want to,” the Yankee second baseman said while letting out a hearty laugh. “If I played for the U.S., I don’t think they would ever let me come home. You saw what happened with Alex (Rodriguez); a lot of people got upset in the Dominican when he played for the U.S.”

I think people would have given A-Rod crap no matter who he played for. He could have been born and raised in Myanmar, never have left and then one day showed up on the scene as a ballplayer and people’s sense about him would still be to criticize him. And even those of us who defend him would be like “well, damn, it’s A-Rod. He brings this on himself.”

  1. historiophiliac - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Ahem, “Burma,” please.

  2. lazlosother - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    The problem for A-Rod is that he was actually born in Kenya, so he’s not a true Yankee. I’m pretty sure that Trump is going to make a huge, huge announcement regarding this.

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    My guess is Boras and Cano are going to have a powwow with Boras layout the reasons Cano should not play in the WBC. The main one being this is Cano’s “walk” year. If he suffers an injury playing in/during the WBC tournament, especially a significant injury he can kiss that huge payday both he and Boras are expecting goodbye. As the saying goes, “money talks, bullchit walks”.

  4. slartibartfast4242 - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    That A-Rod! What a douche. The guy was born in New York, raised in Miami and how dare he not play for the Dominican Republic.

  5. pisano - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Cano…. that’s amazing, last week he becomes an American citizen, and if he plays in the WBC he’s going to play for the Dominican’s, WTF!!!

    • historiophiliac - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      He should have to say 50 Pledges of Allegiance and sing 5 God Bless Americas for that. Sheesh, new citizens.

    • kkolchak - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      Why do you care?

  6. henryd3rd - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    He can play for whomever he wants in the WBC as long as at the end of the MLB season he hitting over .300, 30 plus HR’s, 125 RBI’s for the Yankees and gets a Gold Glove at 2nd base. No injuries either in the stupid WBC! Just sayin!

  7. brandedthefirst - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    He should have to say 50 Pledges of Allegiance and sing 5 God Bless Americas for that. Sheesh, new citizens.


  8. gammagammahey - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    As long as Valentino Pascucci plays for Italy again, I don’t care who plays for what country.

  9. anxovies - Nov 23, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    I hear that Jayson Werth and Nick Swisher are playing for Atlantis this year. Ozzie will be the manager, of course.

    • badintent - Nov 25, 2012 at 3:50 AM

      And Bobby V will be the 3rd base coach
      Man Ram will be the batboy.
      Lance Armstrong will be PR director
      jose Canseco will be team doctor

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