Everyone seems to have an opinion about Robinson Cano coming to the Mariners – and leaving New York.
And not just national media are weighing in. So are Derek Jeter and Pete Rose. And they’re talking about everything from playoffs (playoffs?!?) and facial hair to tax breaks.
Here is some of that Cano reaction from media, Jeter and Rose:
All the new acquisitions will look like mere window dressing if Cano has a great year in Seattle and begins to lead the Mariners to a resurgence.
That is why Yankees fans seemed more outraged over the sights and sounds coming out of Seattle on Thursday than they were excited over what was presented to them in the Bronx on Friday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran are fine ballplayers, but they are just parts in a machine that still needs a lot of maintenance.
Robinson Cano was more like a foundation, a rock upon which to build a team. Now, he has a chance to do it with a new club on the other side of the continent.
If you are buying the theory that Cano couldn’t bring eyeballs to the tube, you might want to think about this: Wouldn’t it have been worth the price to retain a homegrown star, one who is part of a galaxy that together can produce ratings — and ticket sales (which also have been down at the Stadium) — as long as those stars win together?
With the Yankees’ recent free-agent acquisitions, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has made good on his promise to remain flexible while working under a new economic model and an eye toward bringing the payroll in at $189 million. But seriously, if Steinbrenner kept Cano with Jeter, Tex and the new “stars,” the Yankees could not be accused of not spending to put a true marquee team on the field.
For the last nine seasons, the Yankees subjected Cano to their totalitarian facial hair policy that allows only for neatly manicured mustaches even though a neatly manicured mustache can still be way seedier looking than a full beard (depending on the shape of your face and whether or not you’re Tom Selleck).