Thursday, July 5, 2012

Robinson Cano: What's In A Name?

Jose Cano named his son Robinson in tribute to the man that broke baseball's color barrier in 1945. With that in his blood he was born to be different. Robinson Cano even wears the number 24 (42 in reverse) to pay homage to his namesake. A few years ago this was a feel good story, but now the Yankees 2nd baseman is more than just a novelty. He might be the best player in baseball.

On a team that has a higher payroll than the GDP of most 3rd world countries Cano has been somewhat under the radar. Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and C.C. Sabathia all draw more attention and notoriety. In 2012 he's emerged from their enormous shadow and is by far the Yankees most productive player. On a team with so much talent that is an impressive accomplishment. The Yankees collect all stars and MVP caliber players like a vacuum collects dust and the pinstripe tradition dates back to the turn of the century.

So far the fans and media in New York have been kind to him. They have embraced his new found success and celebrity status with open arms. New York is always looking for fresh souls to entice with their conditional displays of affection. So long as Cano keeps smashing home runs the Bronx will feel like heaven. The moment he has a power outage it will feel like, well the Bronx.

Robinson Cano's meteoric rise to super stardom puts the Yankees in a curious position. It won't be long before the 2nd baseman is demanding $25,000,000 a year. The market for his services certainly warrants that level of compensation, but can the Yankees afford to pay him with their long list of bloated salaries? They better find a way because Robinson Cano is young up and comer they can't afford to lose. Jackie would be proud his name and number are still synonymous with greatness and a symbol of excellence. Way to go Robinson.

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