“This is a new team for me,” he said. “I’ve never done this before, meeting with the fans (in a FanFest format). This is really nice for myself. New team. New city. It’s good to get with the fans before the season starts.”
It was a little more than a month ago that Cano, 31, stunned the baseball world in walking away from his 12-year history with the New York Yankees by agreeing to a 10-year deal with the Mariners for $240 million.
And while he stresses the need to view the Mariners as a team — “It’s not about one player” — Cano also makes it clear he prefers to look ahead and not astern.
He deftly turned aside the latest serving of what might be the winter’s most-asked question, one he acknowledges he heard often from friends and family over the last several weeks: Why leave New York?
“That’s a thing I don’t want to talk about anymore,” Cano said. “I just want to leave that in the past. Now, I’m a Seattle Mariner. I just want to talk about Seattle, a new city, new teammates, new manager and new fans.
“I want to talk about this season.”
Fair enough. How about this: Can the Mariners win this season?
“Of course,” he said. “We’ve got one of the best starting pitchers in the game (in Felix Hernandez). No matter how many hitters you have, you always need pitching. With pitching, you can go anywhere you want.
“If you’ve just got hitters, you don’t go anywhere.”