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December 12, 2005

B.A. Cano?

From the Journal News:

General manager Brian Cashman has since declared Cano to be an all-but-untouchable chip in the trade market.

But is that faith misplaced?

Cano didn't look — or act — much like the fresh-faced rookie who captivated the Bronx during an appearance at the Last Licks sports memorabilia and ice cream shop yesterday.

Sporting a beard and wearing a black knit cap pulled down near his eyes, he rushed through hundreds of autographs that eager fans paid $50 each for. At one point, Cano was on his cell phone, ignoring fans who wanted a handshake or picture taken. But the autographs kept flowing.

Officials from Last Licks promised during the week that Cano would be available for a brief interview. But Cano twice ignored requests to speak to a reporter.

A husky man who identified himself as Antonio Belize sat next to Cano during his appearance, chugging cans of Red Bull while wearing wraparound Armani sunglasses despite being indoors. He told Cano not to grant the interview, then rushed him outside to a waiting SUV with a driver inside. The vehicle then sped off, its tires churning up the snow.

Meanwhile, several youngsters who had just arrived at the store hoping to meet Cano were left with nothing.

Sounds like Ruben Sierra, circa 1996-98. What exactly was discussed in all those mentoring sessions this summer anyway?

Posted by Steve Lombardi at December 12, 2005 11:06 AM

Comments

a) Not sure what this has to do with Cano's ability to patrol 2B.

b) My initial reaction when reading stuff like this is that the likely key to the whole spiel is that he didn't grant the interview to said reporter.

I'm not defending Cano, if that is indeed what happened, but given the usual integrity of sports reporters, I'm not going to take one report as an indication of anything. Even if it did occur as stated, Cano may have had some legitimate reason for his actions.

Not directly related, but we were watching the very strange Wright-Soliman fight Saturday and my wife is convinced she saw Sheffield in Winky's entourage. Did anyone else notice if that was him?

Posted by: hopbitters [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 11:43 AM

Hopbitters,

Looks like the wife is probably correct:

"That's how Wright likes it, too. He's friends with dozens of high-profile athletes and celebrities and, while he likes a lot of what they have, he doesn't like what he sees them go through. He's especially close with baseball stars Barry Bonds and Gary Sheffield and shudders to think of having to endure the public scrutiny they do."

http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2004/Mar-07-Sun-2004/sports/23378019.html

Posted by: James Varghese [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 12:11 PM

Thanks James. She usually is. ;)

Posted by: hopbitters [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 12:18 PM

Until Cano does something in a baseball-related context that makes him a bad teammate, I am not at all upset with this report.

Sure, in a perfect world, all athletes would treat their fans with dignity and respect. Sure, in a perfect world, athletes would take their hats and sunglasses off indoors and not talk on their cellphones when they should be mingling with the people that help pay their salary. But, in the end, they're just regular folks like we are. Even if Cano utterly detests his fans (which isn't the case; I'm just saying), as long as he does his job on the field from mid-February to mid-October, I don't care that much how he behaves off it as long as he's not breaking the law.

Ruben Sierra was a bad teammate in his first stint in NY. Until we see that sort of stuff, we should't go into a season EXPECTING it. It's best to let these guys have their vacation time, let them do what they want away from the game. If being a jerk is his way of relaxing and helping him hit 15 homers in 2006, I'm fine with that.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 01:09 PM

I'm sorta torn on this.

On one hand, I want to say that not everyone can be Jeter-ish and say and do all the right things off the field. And, Wells, Giambi, etc., did things off the field that I would not want my kids to see, etc.

But, on the other hand, if this was Pedro or Reyes with the Mets or Manny or Hansen with the Red Sox that did exactly what Cano did, well, I have to wonder what Yankees fans reaction would be - and, if so, then why not have the same reaction for Cano?

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 01:20 PM

I guess it boils down to how each individual takes this kind of information and internalizes it. If Manny or Pedro or whoever did this, I'd say the same thing.

None of the off-field stuff matters in the end. Barry Bonds is the biggest pr*ck in the universe and his teammates hate his guts but he still performs on the field. Unless Cano does something that might get him into trouble with the law, simply being a jerk doesn't worry me. Team chemistry (or lack thereof) won't be affected by Cano's reaction to newfound fame. If the Yanks actually cared about high moral fiber and team unity, they'd have built a completely different roster.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 02:00 PM

hopbitters got it right with b). Another instance of some idiot reporter whose only concern is that HE didn't get the interview he was expecting...so he drove out to the boonies for nothing. Probably spoiled his afternoon plan to catch the figure skating skate-off on ESPN. Unless he sends a gift-boxed dead rat to a female beat reporter as Dave Kingman once did, Cano can blow off reporters as much as he wants to, as far as I care.

Posted by: JohnnyC [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 02:06 PM

Wow, Kingman did that? And to think, he was the one Met I considered cheating on the Yanks with...wow, proves how easily fooled a 6 year old boy is when he sees someone hit home runs...

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 02:53 PM

Wow, so because reporters>ballplayers on the a*hole scale, antisocial behavior on the part of players is OK.

People seem to have conveniently forgotten that this is hardly the first time Cano has been self-absorbed to the point of disrespecting others. Remember the episode where Cano was leafing through pages of a magazine while mumbling answers to reporters' questions, and got told off by A-Rod and Jeter (or maybe it was Sojo) for acting like a prick?

I don't care if players fulfill the letter of their obligations and don't do anything more i.e. sign the autographs and then leave. But it IS an obligation, so at least try to behave as you would in any other social setting, by treating others with respect, especially if they paid to be there.

You don't need to be an angel, a media phony, or Gandhi. But why is it too much to ask that people apply some of their salary toward some social skills? In any other job, you're told those things help you later in life, even if you don't stick at your current job. Yet somehow, because someone is a good athlete, they get a pass on behaving like a human being.

And yes, I think it's obnoxious when Pedro and Manny pull their diva acts too. Again, I'm not talking about being slightly eccentric or self-absorbed when it comes to managing your own time and occasionally running up against a team rule...I'm talking about blatant disrespect and bad behavior.

Posted by: Max [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 04:19 PM

For the record, at least he was reading Baseball America. ;-)

I think Max makes some fair points here.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 04:27 PM

Wow, so because reporters>ballplayers on the a*hole scale, antisocial behavior on the part of players is OK.
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If a player is an @$$hole, and people know that he's an @$$hole, why be suprised that he acts like an @$$hole?

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 04:30 PM

However, the question should be raised - has said player always been an -----, or did he become one because people who should be correcting/discplining him (or her) failed to do so? It's the whole nature/nurture argument in sports form.

I'm of the opinion that a certain level of "diva"ness is understandable as there are constant demands of star's lives...however, when you become a pro whatever (sports star, actor, etc.), you willingly sacrifice some of that privacy for the limelight that will reward you financially.

This is not to say cano is one - he's still a kid that for the most part, seems genuine and willing to learn.

Posted by: James Varghese [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 04:39 PM

"Wow, so because reporters>ballplayers on the a*hole scale, antisocial behavior on the part of players is OK."

I'd prefer some clarity about whether the linked article is just a hatchet job by a hack before reaching a conclusion on Cano. Maybe an old friend called so he could say a few words over the the phone to her wedding guests. Maybe he split because he had to go hang out at Sloane-Kettering - http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/373214p-317293c.html.

Incidentally, is there some thug-life association with Red Bull that I'm missing?

Posted by: rilkefan [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 04:42 PM

Totally aside, did no one get the "B.A." reference? Gosh..........

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 05:08 PM

Totally aside, did no one get the "B.A." reference? Gosh..........
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I pity the fool that didn't...

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 06:05 PM

I miss that show

Posted by: Nick from Washington Heights [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 07:08 PM

I miss that show
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There was a great "Family Guy" spoof a couple of weeks ago :D

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 13, 2005 02:05 PM