The Subway Series will roll on in abbreviated form during the Home Run Derby at Citi Field, when Mets third baseman David Wright and Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano will serve as captains. Both will be responsible for choosing the teams.
Stoked by local sports talk radio in Kansas City, Cano last year was showered with boos from fans, angry that he did not choose the Royals' Billy Butler on the AL Home Run Derby team.
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He admitted that the boos sapped some of the enjoyment from the event.
"You're not going to enjoy it because everywhere you go, you get booed," Cano said. "Fans, they don't understand . . . It's not that I picked anybody because, oh, he's Dominican or he's doing this or that. Everybody was swinging good."
Will Cano pick Butler, who has five home runs, this year?
"No chance," said Cano, who wasn't smiling. "Now that you're in New York, you have to pick whoever you want. And I don't have to take David Wright because he's on the other side [smiling]."
Wright will become just the 16th player from the host team to participate in the derby, an honor he called a "once-in-a-career type opportunity."
"To have Robbie on one side and me on the other, that's a tremendous opportunity," said Wright, who finished second in the 2006 derby. "And I'm glad that thankfully Major League Baseball asked and wanted me."
The Home Run Derby will be July 15, one day before Citi Field hosts the All-Star Game.