Robinson Cano and the Yankees didn’t necessarily end on good terms. The Yankees didn’t budge on his ridiculous contract asking price (although for some reason the Seattle Mariners did), there was rumor that Cano didn’t want to play for Girardi anymore, and he was booed and taunted in his return to the Bronx earlier this season. New York and Cano ended up an ugly divorce. But wait, there’s more!
In a recent interview with Snoop Dogg on FOX Sports1’s new TV show, “Back of the Shop,” Cano was asked about if it was hard to keep everyone in the locker room motivated with all the money that is thrown on them in today’s game. A surprising response came from Cano, and the comments may not sit well with his anti-Cano fans in New York.
“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.”
So in a nutshell, Cano is saying that there were players on the Yankees who didn’t want to be there some days, considering that is the only team he had played for before this season. The most surprising part about these comments, is who they are coming from. Of all the people to call out his former teammates for not wanting to be there, it comes from the guy who is notorious for dogging plays and not running out ground balls. I understand that he has a lackadaisical attitude when it comes to life, but I can’t see these comments sitting well with his former teammates, who I am sure probably got on him about his effort.
It also calls into question his leadership ability. If he didn’t like the way guys were acting or not wanting to be there, why didn’t he step in and say something? It’s one thing to call your teammates out after you left, but it’s another thing to be a leader and say something when it happened.
The comments will also cause fans to randomly blame players like Alex Rodriguez for being one of those players. How do we know it was him? How do we know if any of the players actually said this? I understand 162 games is a long season, and I’m sure guys will have their ups and downs, but when you are being paid millions of dollars and people are spending money to come watch you play, I think you at least owe it to them to get out there and give it your all.