New York Yankees Memories: 2013 MLB All-Star Game: Enter The Sandman

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Robinson Cano Left The Game

Mariano was joined by Robinson Cano as Yankee representatives.  Call it intervention or just chance, but the stage was devoted to Rivera when Cano exited the game early, after getting hit by a pitch from the Mets’ Matt Harvey. Understandably, Cano was disappointed.

“You’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time,”  Cano said according to “I mean, that’s like any kid’s dream come true. You’re in front of the home crowd, second pitch of the game. It’s disappointing, but at the same time, you know that’s part of the game. What else can you say?”

While taking a lead off of first base, Cano knew that the smart decision was to get out of the game and not take a chance on suffering a serious injury. There was a big series looming with the Red Sox at Fenway Park after the break, and there simply was no reason to take the risk.

But looking back on the entire plot, the tragedy bestowed in the second leading man left the stage open for the headliner. With Cano out of the picture, Mariano had the limelight all to himself.

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