NEW YORK — It’s been a Robinson Cano whirlwind since the Mariners arrived in town. There was an appearance, and a skit in Bryant Park, on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Cano also made an appearance at the MLB Fan Cave where he, among other things, danced with Melanie Iglesias. MLB Network also aired some videos Tuesday from Cano in Seattle.
Your can see clips from all of it here: http://bit.ly/QZooBh
The Fallon skit, taped Monday, asked Yankees fans if they wanted to boo Cano (they did), and invited to do so to a life-sized picture. Then Cano walked out from behind the picture, and those fans turned sheepish.
“That was kind of fun,” Cano said at a pre-game news conference at Yankee Stadium. “I know I’m not a Yankee anymore. I have to understand the fans. They’re not going to cheer for you.
“They’re going to boo you because you’re on the opposite team. The last thing they want is for you to come here and do well. I have to understand that, and I (do).
“But I’ve had a lot of love from these fans, and I’m looking forward to tonight.”
Cano emphasized a “looking forward” approach by generally refusing to revisit questions regarding his departure from New York or the negotiation process that led to his 10-year deal with the Mariners for $240 million.
“One thing you have to understand,” he said, “this is a business. I can’t control the Yankees. I can control myself. They made a decision, and I guess we’re both happy. Because I’m happy where I’m at right now.
“I’m happy to be a Mariner. Good luck to them.”
Cano said he had long looked forward to returning to New York, where he spent nine seasons, but not from any motivation to stick it to the Yankees.
“I’m going to play the game like I play any other game,” he said. “I’m going to play the game to win, and go out there and do my job…I’m just happy to be back and see guys I’ve played with for a long time.
“It’s nice to be able to say hi to them and to be able to say thanks to the New York crowd for the way they treated me while I was here.”
Cano acknowledged, as he has in the past, there are differences between New York and Seattle.
“The Yankees are a team that has won a lot of championships,” he said. “They have fans all over the place. It’s always crowded. Being in Seattle…I don’t know much about Seattle. We’ve only had two homestands there.
“I can tell you in a year what the difference is. But right now, I can tell you one thing: I’m happy there. They’ve embraced me. The fans. The organization. And my teammates.”