In a quote that has gotten little play in the media, former New York Yankees star Robinson Cano recently bashed his old team in an interview with rapper Snoop Dogg on his show, "Back of the Shop" on FOX Sports 1.
Here is what now Seattle Mariners second baseman Cano had to say about his former teammates and their seeming lack of motivation some days, per SportsMediaNews.com:
“I don’t want to say names, but I’ve played with guys that have been like, you know what, I don’t want to play today. They come in and I don’t feel good or I don’t want to come in. You need to have respect for your teammates. If you don’t want to play, just go home.”
Cano's comments come after he made his return to the Bronx earlier in the season and was viciously booed by the hometown fans. On top of that, former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera questioned Cano's drive and even stated he'd rather have Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia if he had to play one game.
So, is this sour grapes by Cano, or is he really telling the truth? Nobody can know for sure, but logically speaking, you can make a case for either side of the argument.
Cano could be bitter about being spoken of negatively by Rivera and being booed, thus leading him to want to retaliate by making the Yanks look bad with this story. We also know Cano felt disrespected by the Yanks' lucrative offer during the offseason, which is another possible reason he would spill the beans.
However, if he really wanted to hurt the Bronx Bombers and the players on their roster, he should have named names, but he didn't.
Maybe Cano just wanted a good story to use for his appearance on Snoop Dogg's show. That's possible, although had he gotten more specific, people might have actually heard more about this and cared. If that's what he was up to, Cano failed miserably.
The second baseman has had his own motivation and desire questioned in the past with his lazy-looking style of play, whether it be the way he fields a baseball or runs down the first base line. It's funny that he would criticize his old teammates for the exact same traits he used to exude while playing in New York.
This won't change anything, though. Yankees fans still hate Cano and he undoubtedly isn't too fond of them either after being treated the way he was when he returned. This is a relationship that will only sour from here and there's no turning back now for Cano.
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