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Tonight, Robinson Cano will step in as something of an underdog in the State Farm Home Run Derby — that is, except to the players who know him best. The Yankees didn’t bat an eye when David Ortiz called Cano’s name for the competition, and those who are here think there’s a chance that Cano could have a night to remember.
“It’s the kind of thing that you dream of as a kid, watching back in the day, guys like (Mark) McGwire and (Sammy) Sosa,” Cano said. “You want to know how it feels to hit a long ball and the fans cheer for you. I’m just going to go out there, have fun and enjoy it, not try to do too much. If I win it, perfect. If not, I’m just happy to be here. I’ll try not to let all those people down that cheer for me.”
Cano said that he will have his father, Jose, throwing to him. Jose Cano pitched in the big leagues with the ’89 Astros and is still Cano’s regular batting practice pitcher during the offseason.
“He’s the kind of guy that always watches me the whole season. He knows me really well. Who better than him?” Cano said.
“He’s got as good a chance as anybody. I take BP with him every day. He has the type of effortless swing that I don’t really see him get tired. He doesn’t have to put that much effort into his swing. He can just stay up there and swing all day and keep hitting homers.
“I don’t think he is [an underdog]. Not having the cage around and being his first time, if he gets past the first round, I can really see him taking it. I think the big key for him is going to be the first round.”
“I like Cano’s chances in the Home Run Derby. I’m going on record with that. I think he can [win it]. I’ve seen him in BP. He’s very impressive.”
“He’s a strong individual. I think people don’t realize how strong he is. His lower half is very solid and thick. He generates a lot of power and momentum from there. He’s got big hands, which kind of doesn’t seem to correlate too much to hitting, but when you’ve got big hands, there’s also some strength in there. He’s getting really good whip on the ball. His swing is very compact, so a mixture of all those different things will help him out today, as long as he gets his pitches in the zone. He should be able to gear up and drive some a very long way.”
“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.”
Robinson Cano and Phil Hughes will be presented with awards from the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America at its annual dinner tonight.
The gala affair, to be held at the New York Hilton, also features the presentation of baseball’s eight national awards to both league’s MVPs, Cy Youngs, Rookies of the Year and Managers of the Year.
Cano has been selected for the Joe DiMaggio Toast of the Town Award, coming off a breakout season in which he batted .319 with 29 home runs and 109 RBIs in 160 games for New York.
Hughes is being presented with the Good Guy Award after posting a career-high 18 victories and his first career All-Star Game selection, recording a 4.19 ERA in 31 games (29 starts).
Longtime Yankees principal owner George M. Steinbrenner, who passed away on July 13 at age 80, will also be posthumously honored with the Joan Payson Award for community service.
We’ll have an update with quotes and more information after the dinner on MLB.com and Yankees.com.
Good stuff from Pete Caldera today in the Bergen Record, who caught up with Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long via telephone:
Robinson Cano said this year that it would be “a dream come true” if he is able to bring home his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award. That could happen today, as the American League winners will be announced this afternoon.
“When you do things like he did tonight, that’s certainly the look and the taste and the feel of an MVP. That was a huge, huge hit against their closer, on the road, trying to protect first place. It doesn’t get any bigger than that.”
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano routinely puts on power displays during batting practice at Yankee Stadium – so much so that employees know the right-field seats are prime picking for souvenirs when Cano’s up – so I’m very curious to see how his swing is going to respond to the Home Run Derby on July 12.
Phil Hughes was a little bit off last night provided a few days off extra rest, as Cliff Lee and the Mariners beat the Yankees, 7-4, on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees also welcomed pitching coach Dave Eiland back after his lengthy absence for personal reasons.
It’s worth noting that All-Star balloting ends tomorrow, and while Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano are secure, the rest of the Yankees could use your help. Fans can vote up to 25 times using MLB.com, so do your part and make your voice heard.
If you were watching the telecast of Monday’s 11-2 win over the Indians, you might have seen Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano yukking it up in the dugout after belting back-to-back home runs off Chris Perez.