I’m not sure what the fans would most like to see: a) the home-team American League winning the All-Star Game, or b) Robinson Canó looking bad.
Monday night, of course, the fans in Kansas City were all over Robinson Canó during the Home Run Derby, because Canó, as American League captain, chose Mark Trumbo instead of (among others) Billy Butler.
Now, this was hardly Canó’s fault, as precedent suggests that the captain choose the sluggers who have the best chance of, you know, hitting home runs. And Billy Butler hasn’t exactly established himself as premier power hitter.
But when Canó’s name was announced, the fans booed. When he made outs during the Derby, the fans cheered. And then it became a thing. Talk about your tempest in a teapot.
The fans booed Canó when he came up in the bottom of the first inning tonight, though perhaps not as lustily as last night. At one point during his at-bat, chants of Bill-y But-ler broke out. And when Canó made an out, the fans cheered. Apparently they’re not real concerned about Game 7 of the 2012 World Series.