Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cano Gets Royal Treatment from Fans

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cano Gets Royal Treatment from Fans

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --

The relentless booing of Robinson Cano by Kansas City fans Monday night during the All-Star Home Run Derby drew national attention and scorn in some places.

Fans were upset after the captain of the American League squad said he would choose a hometown player for his four-man team, but instead bypassed Royals star Billy Butler.

Cano wound up going 0 for 10 in the competition, and each failure was met by cheers. Cano brushed off the cold reception, but others weren't so kind to Kansas City. Several national TV broadcasters, radio hosts and columnists called the fans everything from "jerks" to "classless."

"Robinson Cano certainly picked people he thought should be on there," commissioner Bud Selig told the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. "While I understand Kansas City and I understand the whole Billy Butler thing, I really felt very badly last night."

Union head Michael Weiner thought the level of jeering was not justified.

"It struck me that it moved a little bit past traditional, good- natured booing, particularly for an event like that, and got into another area," Weiner said. "But Robinson Cano grew up in the Dominican Republic, plays in the Bronx, plays for the Yankees. He's going to be fine."

The booing didn't stop on Tuesday night, either. While fans cheered every other player during pregame introductions -- including fellow Yankees Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson -- they still jeered Cano when he trotted out from the home dugout.

"I'm sure it happens in every ballpark, where there's the hometown guy didn't make it, and in Robbie's defense, it's hard to pick three guys," White Sox slugger Adam Dunn said. "It would be hard, man, and it's kind of a tough spot to be put in."

The passionate reaction by Royals fans created plenty of drama, particularly in an event that often becomes stale. …

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