When asked if he felt any pressure that comes with signing a 10-year, $240 million contract, Mariner Robinson Cano broke into a sly grin.
“Honestly, no,” he said.
Then again, Cano has dealt with baseball-related pressure most of his life. It happens when you are the son of a former big-leaguer, born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic — a place known as the “the cradle of shortstops” for the big-league players it produced and named after one of the most important players in baseball history.
Jose Cano pitched in just six games for the Houston Astros, but spent much of his life playing baseball professionally. Because of Jose’s love and respect for the history of the game, he wanted to name his son after Jackie Robinson to honor what the Brooklyn Dodgers infielder did in changing the face of baseball.
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“It’s an honor to be named after him,” Cano said.
Cano wore No. 22 initially with the Yankees, but then gave up the number when the team signed Roger Clemens. Last season while wearing No. 42 in celebration of Jackie Robinson Day, Cano belted a three-run homer in the Yankees’ 4-2 win over Arizona.
“He changed the game of baseball,” Cano said postgame. “If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t be here.”