Royals fans booed Robinson Cano during Home Run Derby and All Star Game

Congrats to Royals fans, who suddenly care enough about baseball to embarrass themselves

7/11/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

July 10, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; American League infielder Robinson Cano (right) of the New York Yankees shakes hands with Billy Butler (left) of the Kansas City Royals before the 2012 MLB All Star Game at Kauffman Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports via US PRESSWIREIf I didn't already know better, the past few days might have convinced me that there are people in Kansas City who actually care about baseball.

The way they vociferously attacked Robinson Cano for snubbing local semi-star Billy Butler, one would think that there were a ton of passionate baseball fans in Kansas City who support their perennially respectable team as they strive for another World Series championship.

The reality is, however, that the Royals have been the definition of mediocrity for a quarter-century, and the Royals are in the bottom third in terms of home attendance.

Yet somehow, Robinson Cano's perceived snub of Butler in the Home Run Derby was cause for such vitriol that even Cano's family wasn't safe from attacks.

Cano's family, including his mother, were verbally assaulted by KC fans when they left their seats to go to the restroom, all because Cano picked Mark Trumbo, Prince Fielder, and Jose Bautista over Butler.

By the fan reaction, one would think that Butler was leading the league in home runs, or that he was the next great slugger.

In reality, Butler is tied for 16th in the AL with 16 HR, trailing guys like Colby Rasmus, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Trevor Plouffe, Josh Reddick, and more.

To be fair, Fielder only has 15 HR, but he actually WON the competition, becoming only the 2nd player in history to win multiple derbies, so it's hard to say Cano made the wrong choice there.

It's nice to finally see some passion from Kansas City, a town known over the years for general apathy about their pitiful team, but this really wasn't the best way to do it, folks.
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7/27/12   |   chevleclair   |   378 respect

chevleclair wrote:
whatever happened to East Coast people being tougher than everyone else? Big bad New Yorker can't handle booing from a supposedly irrelevant market? (Oops, I forgot, all markets are irrelevant if they're not on the East coast, at least that's what the East Coast biased media thinks) Cano is crying all the way to the bank, I can guarantee that. He choked in the derby, and that's something he has to deal with. He got booed on his way up to bat, similar to the way Fielder was booed last year, but you didn't hear a massive crying fit coming from the media over that. Get over it, crybaby.

Again, how was this any different from any other player in this position? It's simply brought to our attention by a biased media.

7/13/12   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

chevleclair wrote:
whatever happened to East Coast people being tougher than everyone else? Big bad New Yorker can't handle booing from a supposedly irrelevant market? (Oops, I forgot, all markets are irrelevant if they're not on the East coast, at least that's what the East Coast biased media thinks) Cano is crying all the way to the bank, I can guarantee that. He choked in the derby, and that's something he has to deal with. He got booed on his way up to bat, similar to the way Fielder was booed last year, but you didn't hear a massive crying fit coming from the media over that. Get over it, crybaby.

Pretty sure he specifically said that he didn't mind the booing, it was the attacks on his family that he was upset about.

7/13/12   |   chevleclair   |   378 respect

whatever happened to East Coast people being tougher than everyone else? Big bad New Yorker can't handle booing from a supposedly irrelevant market? (Oops, I forgot, all markets are irrelevant if they're not on the East coast, at least that's what the East Coast biased media thinks) Cano is crying all the way to the bank, I can guarantee that. He choked in the derby, and that's something he has to deal with. He got booed on his way up to bat, similar to the way Fielder was booed last year, but you didn't hear a massive crying fit coming from the media over that. Get over it, crybaby.

7/11/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

This is the area where Bill James, Rob Neyer, and Rany Jayzerali came from, among others. This is the area where Joe Posnanski became Joe Posnanski. This is where the Negro League Museum, and where Buck O'Neill became Buck O'Neill. This is a town that still lauds George Brett and Frank White and Freddie Patek. This is the first I've ever heard Kansas City be accused of not caring about baseball.

Why is attendance down for the Royals? Simple, because they suck and have sucked for 25 years. The 1985 World Series winner is still their most recent playoff appearance. There is no baseball market out there, not even Boston or New York, where attendance doesn't highly correlate with the team's performance. I'm seeing it first hand here in Washington. This is the first year since 2005 (their first year here) where attendance is good. Why? Because there's finally a team worth watching.

Yes, the Cano thing went from semi-good natured ribbing to ridiculous quickly. However, to say there's no passion for baseball in Kansas City is just wrong. It's just dormant.