Wednesday July 13, 2011
“Ten more, nine more, eight more… just one, just give me the one, that’s it.”
“Okay. I love you, dad.”
Those statements could be any exchange between a father and son playing baseball. That exchange took place on the final round of the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby between Jose Cano and his son, Yankees 2B Robinson Cano respectively.
Cano shocked the baseball world by winning Monday’s Home Run Derby. He outslugged Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez 32-31 homers total. Jose Cano threw pitches right into his son’s power zone: inside and low. Cano’s teammates cheered him on and so did the sellout crowd at Chase Field. He even hit the field’s Miller Lite sign, which has a distance of 472 feet.
It was an impressive performance to say the least. However, Cano’s performance did more than just wow the crowd and the viewers at home. It showed a message why we love the game of baseball.
Robinson Cano plays second base for the most prestigious franchise in all of sports. He had a choice of who he wanted to pitch to him during the derby. He had an unlimited choice of players, coaches and even managers. He chose his father. He wanted his father to pitch to him. And boy, did it work out!
After Cano won the derby, he hugged his father in jubilation. As he then celebrated with his All-Star teammates, his father started to leave. He didn’t want to hog the spotlight with his son, even take it. But Cano pulled his father back, as he wanted him to enjoy this moment with him.
The contest showed a great hitter, but the celebration showed a great relationship that exemplifies father and son. His mother joined them after Robinson received his trophy. A family was reunited on the biggest stage for All Stars. Robinson Cano became the All Star of all stars, and he couldn’t have done it without his family.
The father and son bond between Jose and Robinson Cano show the foundation of baseball. Be it America’s pastime or a world classic, the foundation of a player’s love for the game starts with our fathers. Thank you, Jose and Robinson Cano for reminding us fans all over the world why we love baseball.
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