Cano: We could have used more time
“Give me just a little more time” – The Chairmen of the Board, 1970
That seemed to be the theme song in at least one corner of the visiting clubhouse here at Citi Field, as Robinson Cano griped that the Yankees had been counting on a 4 p.m. ET start, about three hours after the scheduled 1:10 p.m. ET.
Instead, whatever radars had been forecasting poor weather cleared, and Cano said the Yankees were only given about 30 minutes notice to get on the field for what would be a 2:39 p.m. ET start against R.A. Dickey and the Mets.
“This was a tough day,” Cano said. “We didn’t get a chance to stretch the way we stretch every day, because they told us 30 minutes before [first pitch].”
In fact, you might have noticed a delay as Freddy Garcia held up the first pitch, walking from the bullpen after rushing through his workout in the bullpen. Manager Joe Girardi said he complained that Garcia just wouldn’t have enough time to get ready on short notice.
“Freddy just didn’t have enough time,” Girardi said. “We got some messages and discussions about it didn’t look like we were going to play until 4 or 5. Freddy just needed some more time. I went to the umpires and I went to (Mets manager) Terry Collins and said, our guy needs more time. I don’t know what to tell you but he needs more time. He’s not going to be ready by 2:30, and they pushed it back a little bit [to 2:39].”
Cano said that he didn’t want to make it sound like an excuse, but players usually get more notice to get ready under similar circumstances, and seemed to hint it made a difference against Dickey.
“I would say about an hour,” Cano said. “You’ve got a starter that does whatever they do. Everybody’s got their own routine. You’ve got to give the starter a chance so they can do what they have to do. … We didn’t hit on the field. Get up and get ready. You’ve got to go out there 15 minutes before so you have 15 minutes to get ready. You can see how [it] was our first three innings. Everybody was swinging and missing. He was nasty, too, his pitches were moving a lot, but this is not the kind of team we are.”
Cano was asked if that short notice of preparation time was the same for both teams, and he chuckled that he couldn’t say for sure.
“When you get to be the home team, things are different,” Cano said. “You get to know everything. That’s what it is. I don’t know if it was the same thing or not, but if you get home-field advantage, you know what’s going on.”