Robinson Cano upset that Royals fans harassed family
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Finally, Robinson Cano felt the fans here crossed the line.
After being removed from Tuesday night's All-Star Game, the Yankees second baseman, raucously booed over his two days here, said some family members were harassed in the Kauffman Stadium concourse on Monday night.
"I knew coming in I'm going to get booed,'' Cano said. "The only thing that I would say I didn't like was the way they treated my family when they went to the restroom.''
He explained: "They were yelling stuff at my family, which is not the right thing. If I get booed, I don't really care, but stuff with your family, that's over the line.''
Cano's father, Jose, said there was extra security around the family Tuesday night.
Cano, who angered people here by not selecting Billy Butler of the Royals for the AL Home Run Derby team he captained, said nothing happened beyond harsh words.
"No, thank God they didn't do anything because you don't want to take this too far,'' Cano said. "It takes it over the line when they do something to your family because it's just a game. This is the kind of stuff where . . . you want to go home with good memories.''
Cano, who went 1-for-2, singling in the fourth inning off Stephen Strasburg, said, for the most part, that's what he will take from All-Star week.
"It's like I've always said, everywhere we go, we get booed,'' Cano said of the Yankees. "I understand the fans, they want to see their hometown kid. But there's no hard feelings.''
Derek Jeter joked afterward about his experience in Boston at the 1999 All-Star Game. "Man, I played in the All-Star Game in Boston in '99, they sounded like cheers Robby got [comparatively],'' said Jeter, who led off Tuesday night's bottom of the first with an infield single off Matt Cain. "I told to bat Robby second so they could boo him a little louder.''
Jeter said his family has experienced some of the same issues Cano's did.
"It happens, man,'' Jeter said. "My parents and sister don't go to some games because of what fans do. But this isn't a reflection of all the fans. You're always going to have people drink too much and say something. What one idiot does is not a reflection of the Kansas City fans.''
And Cano, though irritated with those who made his family uncomfortable, wasn't holding an entire city responsible.
"It's part of the game,'' he said of the booing. "I don't have any hard feelings for the Kansas City fans. It's just part of baseball. I still love coming here and playing and I look forward to next year.''
With David Lennon