Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Cano Gives Clemens 22 Reasons

Reading through my daily fix of the New York Post, I came across an interesting article. In an apparent recruiting strategy, the New York Yankees have instructed second baseman, Robinson Cano, to give up his #22 jersey in hopes of paving a Clemens comeback. No news on whether Robbie will be forced to give up his favorite spot in the dugout as well.

Cano will be wearing the #24 in the 2007 season and the Yankees hope Roger will be wearing #22 again. I'm not sure whose brilliant idea this was, but I'm on the fence as to whether or not Roger's enormous ego would be smitten with such an accommodation. I find it hard to believe that a grinning Brian Cashman exulted to his underlings in a dark conference room, "I've got it! . . . We'll give him his jersey number back!!"

Nonetheless, Cano's professionalism should not be overlooked:

"I was happy to give up the number to a future Hall of Famer if Roger comes aboard," Cano said in a statement. "Hopefully, he will be one of my teammates, I'll have the pleasure of playing with him."

Cano, who had a terrific second half after returning from a hamstring injury, already had revealed himself as a selfless team player. Last winter, before the Yanks signed Johnny Damon, he volunteered to play center field if the club wanted.
That's odd. A Yankee second baseman who volunteers to play in the outfield? Just kidding, I still wish Soriano was in pinstripes, but it's nice to see Cano remaining somewhat grounded.

Only 24 days away from Spring Training, and the JD Drew deal has not been resolved. As Jeff Horrigan writes, Boston ain't worried.

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