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