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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Robinson Cano is way off base with his angry reaction to Nick Punto’s slide

Hey, Cano. Stop jogging your mouth off!

But when Nick Punto clipped Cano with his slide to end the top of the seventh on a 6-4 forceout, a clearly annoyed Cano turned his head and stared at him rather than jog off the field.

It made for a tense few moments. After what happened with the ugly brawl between Mexico and Canada, we’ve learned things can escalate quickly. Punto defused the situation, however, by popping up off the ground, saying he was sorry and slapping Cano on the butt.

Punto apologized, but he didn’t do anything wrong. Since when is sliding hard into second base a crime? Punto didn’t go after Cano, who was standing on top of the base and pretty much got what he deserved. Cano is smart enough to know that, but he still behaved like some kind of victim.

“He can look all he wants—it’s good, hard baseball,” said Mike Piazza, the hitting coach for Italy. “There’s a difference between hard baseball and dirty baseball. I don’t think it was a dirty play. Make the play and get off the bag.

“At this point, every game is important, every inning is important. If the guy bobbles the ball, and he’s not going in hard, you could hurt your team.”

...“I was upset because it was the third time,” Cano said. “I don’t care if you slide in a double play. But when it’s a forceout at second base, the last thing you want is to get hurt like that.

“[Punto] says, ‘You know, I don’t want to hurt you.’ But that’s the third time. I don’t want anybody to get me hurt or anything like that because they just want to slide hard.”

Here’s a simple solution, Robby: Move out of the way. Cano has taken some criticism over the years for his nonchalant, too-cool-for-school approach, but he’s so super talented, it rarely, if ever, burns him.

Repoz Posted: March 12, 2013 at 10:28 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: March 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM (#4387426)
If Arod was a team player, he'd agree to move to second base so that Cano could move to third, where he doesn't have to worry about being taken out on slides.
   2. Select Storage Device Posted: March 13, 2013 at 01:43 AM (#4387438)
After what happened with the ugly brawl between Mexico and Canada, we’ve learned things can escalate quickly.


Oh good. I was wondering when we were going to learn that.

I thought it started with Anchorman.
   3. jyjjy Posted: March 13, 2013 at 07:13 AM (#4387461)
Since when is sliding hard into second base a crime?

I have not seen the play but the answer is whenever it's an exhibition game if it was remotely a legitimate "take out" slide.

   4. michaelplank has knowledgeable eyes Posted: March 13, 2013 at 07:36 AM (#4387464)
If Arod was a team player, he'd agree to move to second base so that Cano could move to third, where he doesn't have to worry about being taken out on slides.


Ichiro could get out of the way if he wanted to.
   5. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: March 13, 2013 at 07:41 AM (#4387466)
3 - Punto and Cano were in a WBC game, not an exhibition game.
   6. Ulysses S. Fairsmith Posted: March 13, 2013 at 07:52 AM (#4387467)
Playing in the WBC is more dangerous that walking into a helicopter blade. Cano should know that.
   7. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: March 13, 2013 at 08:00 AM (#4387469)
Obviously 'roid rage.
   8. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 13, 2013 at 08:25 AM (#4387480)
It's a good thing for Punto that his team wasn't up six runs late in an elimination game when this incident occurred.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 13, 2013 at 09:32 AM (#4387511)

Oh good. I was wondering when we were going to learn that.

I thought it started with Anchorman.


Ernie Whitt had a trident! I saw Stubby Clapp kill a guy.
   10. Mike Emeigh Posted: March 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM (#4387565)
I think this speaks volumes about the way that the US team is treating the WBC. For the US, it IS nothing more than just another spring training game.

-- MWE

EDIT: OK, so Cano is playing for the DR - which also has something of a history of taking the WBC less than seriously.
   11. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: March 13, 2013 at 11:31 AM (#4387596)
Except Cano didn't actually do anything. He just glared at him. Maybe little nicky punto needs to grow a pair if he feels comfortable spiking someone in the foot, but then gets upset when someone looks at him.
   12. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM (#4387617)

Except Cano didn't actually do anything. He just glared at him. Maybe little nicky punto needs to grow a pair if he feels comfortable spiking someone in the foot, but then gets upset when someone looks at him.

I don't think Punto was upset. The writer is just making a big deal out of nothing.
   13. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM (#4387640)
Except Cano didn't actually do anything. He just glared at him


Umm, glaring at someone IS generally an act of doing something. He didn't hit Punto or anything, but he clearly was expressing his displeasure at him.
   14. Srul Itza Posted: March 13, 2013 at 01:40 PM (#4387696)
Since when is sliding hard into second base a crime?


Since when do you do a take out slide, when you are the third out and there is no double play in order?
   15. SoSH U at work Posted: March 13, 2013 at 01:49 PM (#4387702)

Since when do you do a take out slide, when you are the third out and there is no double play in order?


It doesn't sound like a takeout slide. It sounds like Punto was hustling hard into second and clipped Cano, who responded with a dirty look. As tempests go, this one is not even big enough for a teapot.
   16. Dirty Tom Rackham Posted: March 13, 2013 at 02:03 PM (#4387712)
I have a strong opinion even thought I only read about an account of the incident!
   17. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: March 13, 2013 at 02:33 PM (#4387746)
Punto spiked him hard in the foot/ankle, an inning or two after cano was bowled into by another somersaulting Italian on the 3rd out. Cano glared at him.

Piazza, little nicky, and the writer of this article can all eat a big bag of dicks.
   18. Cris E Posted: March 13, 2013 at 04:10 PM (#4387830)
Or, you know, get off second base like a ballplayer in a game who has a career to worry about.
   19. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: March 13, 2013 at 04:22 PM (#4387838)
Punto spiked him hard in the foot/ankle, an inning or two after cano was bowled into by another somersaulting Italian on the 3rd out. Cano glared at him.

Piazza, little nicky, and the writer of this article can all eat a big bag of dicks.


Cano shouldn't get out of this without eating some dicks as well. You should also probably go eat a bag yourself! And me too! Let's all eat bags of dicks and glare at each other!
   20. SoSH U at work Posted: March 13, 2013 at 04:48 PM (#4387845)
Cano shouldn't get out of this without eating some dicks as well. You should also probably go eat a bag yourself! And me too! Let's all eat bags of dicks and glare at each other!


I would, but since I've moved here I've been unable to find any good bags of dicks anywhere. Now, the city I used to live in, I'd put their dick bag shops up against anybody's in the country.
   21. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: March 13, 2013 at 04:51 PM (#4387847)
Are they all smooshed up like chicken parts, or do they stick out of the top like baguettes?
   22. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: March 13, 2013 at 05:24 PM (#4387866)
Are they high in protein and are they part of a nutritious breakfast?
   23. cardsfanboy Posted: March 13, 2013 at 06:15 PM (#4387883)
I have a funny feeling if the situation was reversed and it was Punto getting upset with Cano for a slide, that this writer would be all over Cano for trying to take out Punto.

   24. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: March 13, 2013 at 07:08 PM (#4387915)
Baguettes are awesome. Baguettes that you can buy frozen, take home, and heat in the oven for seven minutes to warm buttery goodness are why we live.
   25. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: March 13, 2013 at 09:50 PM (#4387996)
#21 is the winner! Immediately what I thought of.
   26. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM (#4388225)

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