Between enduring weirdly vicious spurts of booing during his return to Yankee Stadium last week, Robinson Cano had the chance to reconnect with some old friends in the organization, people to whom he reveals more of himself than he ever does to the public.
“His heart is still here,” says one person who had the chance to catch up with Cano in New York.
Cano recently played his first series back in the Bronx on April 29 and his new team, the Seattle Mariners, swept the series with one game being postponed due to rain.
It's not surprising Cano feels this way considering he grew up in New York with guys like Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter, and he enjoyed enormous success in his nine seasons in pinstripes with a World Series ring to show for it.
Such an attachment to a certain place isn't easily broken and it'll take time for Cano to adjust, if he ever does. It must not be easy going from a huge spotlight like New York to a relatively obscure place like Seattle.
The former Yanks second baseman had a chance to catch up with many of his old teammates early in the 2014 campaign and while that reception was warm, Cano got nothing but boos from his former hometown faithful.
The idea is that Cano sold out to leave and while that is stretching it a bit, Cano's comments that the Yanks disrespected him with their offer of seven years and $175 million was even more of a stretch.
Those comments obviously didn't endear him to his old fans any more, who were already mad that he chose Seattle's 10-year, $240 million deal over the Yanks' offer. For the record, the Yanks deal paid him more annually, but clearly Cano was looking for more guaranteed paper over a longer deal.
Whatever the case may be, Cano's feelings are understandable if they are true, however he had an ample opportunity to stay with the Yanks and chose to take the more lucrative contract instead.
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