After former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera criticized his former teammate and now Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, the 31-year-old responded in a classy way to the now public remarks from The Sandman.
In his new book, "The Closer," Rivera questioned Cano's drive and desire to win after playing nine seasons with the second baseman, and even went as far as to say he would choose rival second baseman Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox if he had to pick one to play with in a big game.
On Tuesday, Cano shared his thoughts on the controversial statements made by the greatest closer of all time, courtesy of ESPNNewYork.com:
"Everybody has a different opinion. That's his opinion and I have to respect his opinion," Cano said before Tuesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics. "I'm not going to go too far into this. That's the only thing that I can say. My focus right now is this team."
"Everybody knows I play 160 games," Cano said. "How does Mariano feel? I respect that and I'm always going to have respect for him, a guy that I spent nine years with and for me is always going to be the best closer. That's how I feel."
Not only did Cano respond, but his manager Lloyd McClendon came to his player's defense:
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