So I guess it’s not just the media and fans who don’t like it when Robinson Cano loafs down the first base line on ground balls.
Earlier this week we learned that Mariano Rivera, if it were up to him, would slightly prefer Dustin Pedroia over Cano as a second baseman. The reason Rivera cited was a ‘lack of desire’ from Cano as compared to the grit, fire, hustle, and so on of Pedroia.
Cano responded to Rivera on Wednesday, though he mostly kept himself out of trouble. The politically correct route was the right choice in this case given Rivera’s almost universal popularity. Here is what Cano had to say (quotes from ESPN.com):
Everybody has a different opinion. That’s his opinion and I have to respect his opinion. I’m not going to go too far into this. That’s the only thing that I can say. My focus right now is this team.
“I’m here, we’re winning. I was over there already and now I’m here and now I’m focused on the team. I’m going to be excited for my teammates.”
You know what Cano is? Consistent and durable and a future Hall of Famer. With respect to Rivera and Pedroia, I’ll take my chances with Cano in this hypothetical scenario. Unless I have to take on his new contract, that is, because that’s a whole different conversation.