MIAMI – Before the diversion, he had hunched down there in the soil close home plate and found the still-sharp offering from Juan Marichal, one of eight living Latin American-conceived Hall of Famers to toss out a formal initially pitch before the 88th All-Star Game displayed by Mastercard. Robinson Cano rose to his feet, gave the Dominican Dandy a major embrace, postured for some photographs and withdrew to the American League hole.
In the event that his All-Star encounter had finished there, Cano would have gone home cheerful, mollified. In any case, after Marichal, Roberto Alomar, Luis Aparicio, Rod Carew, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Pedro Martinez, Tony Perez, Ivan Rodriguez and the group of the late Roberto Clemente had their minute, Cano had his. With one swing of the bat in the highest point of the tenth inning, the cutting edge Latin legend gave the American League a 2-1 triumph over the National League at Marlins Park and earned himself the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award displayed by Chevrolet.
“It implies a ton,” Cano said. “Those folks truly began this amusement for the Latin American players, folks that truly made this diversion so fun and energizing, influenced fans to come and watch, and opened the entryways for us. … It’s something, to get that initially pitch and make proper acquaintance with them and being in that photo, I just can hardly wait to get to online networking and get that photo and put it on an edge in my home.”
The photo’s decent, however so is the new Corvette he won alongside this All-Star respect.
Notwithstanding for an eight-time All-Star who has effectively achieved such a great amount in this game – surrounding 2,300 hits and 300 homers, more than 1,100 RBIs, seven postseason appearances, a $240 million contract and a 2011 win in the Home Run Derby – this was an enchantment night in the Magic City.
“This helps me to remember that day that I won the Home Run Derby with my father [Jose, a previous pitcher who tossed to Cano at Chase Field],” Cano said. “This is for my family and my fans in Seattle and here in Miami.”
Cano turned into Seattle’s third All-Star MVP, joining Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (1992) and future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki (2007). That is noteworthy organization.