Results for tag: Robinson Cano
Posted by: Jack Curry on Dec 6, 2013 at 04:29:01 PM
Two years ago, Robinson Cano stood on the rooftop of a hotel in Taiwan and described how meaningful it was for him to be a superstar. He wanted to be celebrated for his abilities, he wanted to be recognized for his talents and he wanted to be lionized for being the next great Yankee. He seemed to have a script in mind for making this unfold.

While Cano was in Taiwan for a Major League Baseball exhibition tour, he was adored. And he loved it. Cano embraced every aspect of the attention, even happily marching through the streets with over a hundred people trailing him like a Pied Piper. He was a Yankee and marveled about how fans that lived 8,000 miles from Yankee Stadium were so interested in him.

As Cano's free agency has evolved, I've thought about what he said at the hotel and the scenes

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jul 17, 2013 at 10:20:16 AM
As soon as Matt Harvey's 96-mile per hour fastball collided with the back of Robinson Cano's right knee, the sound was enough to concern the Yankees. It was a loud and ugly sound, a sound that was followed by the sight of a wounded Cano trying to walk to first base. He made it to first, but then quickly removed himself from the game.

In a season that has been littered with injuries, the Yankees wondered if their best and most durable player had suffered a major injury in the first inning of the All-Star Game on Tuesday night. For several anxious minutes, Cano and the Yankees waited and wondered. The Yankees were relieved to learn that Cano's X-rays were negative and that he merely had a contusion on his right quadriceps.
After Cano learned of the X-ray results, I spotted him sitting in
Posted by: Jack Curry on Sep 4, 2012 at 02:43:04 PM

As Robinson Cano stood on the eighth-floor patio of a hotel in Taiwan last November, he raved about what it meant to see and hear how many fans he had “halfway across the world.” Those devoted fans inspired Cano, who said he would work even harder because he realized how people from distant places were watching him.

Lots of fans were watching Cano and the Yankees on Monday. There were fans from New York, from the Dominican Republic and even some bleary-eyed souls in Taiwan who were wondering if Cano could help push the Yankees past the Tampa Bay Rays. Instead, during a disappointing sequence in the eighth inning, Cano helped sabotage the Yankees.

Cano is an excellent player, the best player on the Yankees. He has the sweetest swing on the team, a swing that he perfects in

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jul 9, 2012 at 01:40:40 PM

Robinson Cano cannot become a free agent until after the 2013 season, but, as he continues to evolve as an elite player who is actually getting better, the Yankees have had internal discussions about his future with them. Cano is the best player on the Yankees, a player who they want and need to stay precisely where he is.

When I asked General Manager Brian Cashman if he had entertained the notion of signing Cano to a long-term contract before Cano can test free agency, he said, "Oh, yeah. But we haven't done it yet."

Cano is earning $14 million this season and the Yankees will exercise his $15 million option for next season. For the 2014 season, Cashman has stressed how vital it is for the Yankees to have a payroll under $189 million. If the Yankees succeed in keeping their payroll

Posted by: Jack Curry on Nov 4, 2011 at 09:27:41 AM

TAICHUNG, Taiwan -- Robinson Cano hopped out of a white van near one of the popular “night markets” here and the screeching started. Everyone on the bustling street seemingly recognized Cano so they scampered toward him to snap his picture. A group of fans quickly became a crowd that became a mob. There was a wall of 10 security guards surrounding the Yankees’ second baseman.

Cano took small steps during his shopping expedition. He had no choice. With so many people smothering him, Cano had to shuffle along at a sluggish pace. It didn’t matter to Cano, who stopped to pose for pictures and who appeared to enjoy the attention as much as the people enjoyed seeing him.

When Cano walked into a sneaker store, fans rushed toward the door and tried to get near him. Eventually,

Posted by: Jack Curry on Nov 2, 2011 at 12:43:08 PM

NEW TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN – The burly man carried his massive drum across the first level of Xinzhuang Stadium as if he was carrying an infant. He placed it behind a row of blue seats, rested his sticks on top of the drum and waited. He was one of the quietest men in the ballpark. But, eventually, that changed.

As soon as the Chinese Taipei National team hustled on to the field to play the visiting Major Leaguers, the man attacked the drums. He attacked them so vigorously that the folds of flesh on the back of his neck jiggled. The drummer was the essence of an intense fan, a portrait that was visible in hundreds of different shapes and colors throughout the stadium.

When Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson came to town, they noticed that the pulsating drums were only part of a festive

Posted by: Jack Curry on Oct 31, 2011 at 12:34:00 PM

TAIPEI, Taiwan – When Curtis Granderson marched through the airport on Sunday afternoon, there were about two dozen reporters pointing cameras in his face. Granderson didn’t blink. Instead, Granderson mimicked them because he was pointing a video camera right back at them.

“They’re looking at me and I’m looking at them,” said Granderson, who moved as briskly as if he was dashing from first to third on a single.

When Granderson was introduced at a press conference for the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series, he happily waved to the dozens of photographers who were crowded inside a ballroom at the Grand Hyatt. The cameras clicked a little faster and a little louder, trying to capture Granderson’s simple, smart hello.

A few minutes later, Granderson’s

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jan 17, 2011 at 06:19:19 PM

SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, Dominican Republic  -- To find Robinson Cano working out on a hideaway field here, you need a local driver and a vehicle with sturdy shock absorbers. You need a Dominican driver because you need someone who can adeptly steer through the streets that have no names. He needs a rugged ride, meanwhile, because the journey is as adventurous as bouncing around on a Tilt-a-Whirl.

After buzzing in and around helmetless drivers on motor scooters in the crowded downtown, our driver turned on to a narrow dirt road. The chaos of the streets was replaced by the sobering sights on this road. The houses, which in reality were closer to wooden shacks, were smaller than one-car garages. Some were dilapidated.  Many kids wore no shoes. Some had no shirts, either.

When the

Posted by: Jack Curry on Oct 22, 2010 at 02:27:32 PM

The afternoon turned grayer and chillier at Yankee Stadium, but the kid kept swinging, kept extending batting practice by one more session. Swing after gorgeous swing, the batter kept socking baseballs over the right field fence and kept smiling and begging for more pitches. He wanted to keep another day of baseball alive.

The player was Robinson Cano. The scene unfolded during Sunday’s workout at the Stadium. After almost all of the Yankees returned to the clubhouse, Cano wanted to keep playing, so Kevin Long, the batting coach, parked himself behind a screen for the famous Home Run Drill and flipped dozens of underhanded pitches to Cano.

Cano got to keep playing. That is what the Yankees are trying to do in the American League Championship Series right now: keep playing. They are

Posted by: Jack Curry on Sep 27, 2010 at 03:05:26 PM

NEW YORK – The former Most Valuable Player looked like the injured kid on the playground who had been left out of another game. With his left foot in a cast and crutches by his side, Dustin Pedroia sat in the third base dugout at Yankee Stadium and watched. He hates watching. He would rather play.

While Pedroia can’t play baseball, he can talk baseball. Since Pedroia won the MVP two years ago for the Red Sox and has done a lot of watching lately, I wanted to know who he thinks has been the most valuable player in the American League. He responded in 1.2 seconds.

“It has to be Robbie, you would think,” Pedroia said. “Doesn’t it have to go to him?”

Robinson Cano, Pedroia’s counterpart as the Yankees’ second baseman, is having a memorable