Robinson Cano brought his batting practice show to Arizona.
Cano had to set the final-round record to win tonight’s Home Run Derby, and he did it with 12 home runs. And these were not tiny shots just over the wall. Cano was hitting monsters all night with Russell Martin, Curtis Granderson and Dave Robertson watching from just in front of the dugout.
When it ended, I half expected A.J. Burnett to show up with the pie.
Of course, if you’ve ever seen Cano on a baseball field — playing second, at the plate, in the dugout, wherever — you can imagine the look on his face throughout tonight’s derby. The guy smiles more than anyone I’ve ever met, and he chose his father to as his derby pitcher. When Cano was one away, the cameras showed him hug his father and say, “I love you Dad.”
Really neat moment.
Cano must get his strength from his father, because Mr. Cano did not look like a weak man.
Cano must get his smile from his mom, because I’m not sure his dad cracked a smile once until that last homer!
Associated Press photo