MLB All-Star Game Marred By Kansas City Royals Fans
Kansas City Royals fans steal shameful 2012 MLB All-Star Game headlines after booing Robinson Cano and reportedly spitting on his family.
The misguided passion of the Kansas City Royals displayed at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game and Home Run Derby is likely to be the only headline of a blowout exhibition game that nobody cares about. It won’t be Chipper Jones going out on top or Tony LaRussa masterfully coming out of retirement to land National League home field advantage in the World Series. Kansas City Royals fans booing Robinson Cano in excessive unity, and reportedly going as far as spitting at his family, is an absolute atrocity.
First of all, I didn’t know the Kansas City Royals had enough fans left to fill their stadium. If they love Billy Butler so much, why not attend a game or two during the regular season to see him, and other Royals “studs”, as they try valiantly and fail? The spirit of the modern All-Star Game was violated by a small-market team’s fan base that the baseball world extended a financial favor to. Instead of playfully watching the biggest names in baseball play a pick-up game, Robinson Cano was the victim of a harsh reaction that certainly did not fit the spirit of the MLB All-Star Game.
The blowout in Kansas City made me long for the days where the All-Star Game mattered. The American League team, down eight runs in the ninth, casually rolled through the roster as home-field in the World Series slipped away. The fabricated sense of importance that Bud Selig attempts to cultivate does little more than frustrate those in the audience that pretend to care. The MLB All-Star Game is a pleasant experience where the personalities and names of baseball’s biggest superstars are on display in a spectacle of an exhibition game. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter at all. In a game that is little more than a game for children, Kansas City’s behavior spoiled the night.
Kansas City Royals fans, upset that their DH who barely made the All-Star Game roster was not a part of Robinson Cano’s Home Run Derby team, behaved in an irrational and unacceptable manner. Widespread accounts of vulgarity and despicable behavior aimed at Cano’s family show exactly how classless the city is. The chorus of boos that rained down on Robinson Cano in an exhibition game he volunteered to participate in was one of the most ungracious acts in the history of the All-Star Game.
Kansas City Royals fans should be honored to have New York Yankees players grace their field. Robinson Cano could have feigned an injury and watched the game, focusing on baseball that matters for his Yankees as they contend for a 28th World Series. Instead, Cano ventured over farms and fields and found his way to Kansas City, Missouri to be disgraced by the worst fans in baseball.
I can’t wait for the New York Yankees to again blow away the Royals in front of 5,400 sleeping fans later this year.
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