Last night the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon played host to Robinson Cano, centering around his return to the Bronx for a series against a Yankee team where he started and starred as a 5-time All-Star second baseman.
Cano signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners this offseason. The Yankees were simply out-Yankeed for their prized middle infielder.
So with his return to New York City, Cano agreed to appear on last night’s show with Jimmy Fallon, talking baseball, New York, Seattle Dominican food, and of course Derek Jeter.
But first, Cano agreed to prank Yankee fans on the streets of New York. The Tonight Show team set up a big cardboard cut out box with Cano’s face on it. Then, they invited some choice Yankees fans over and asked them if they were going to boo Cano during the series in New York.
They all said they would, then were told to yell at the cut out and boo till their heart’s content. After that the cameraman would ask them to turn and give the cut out one last boo. And what do you know? There stood the real Robinson Cano, with a 240 million dollar smile and a hand outstretched in good fun.
The fans immediately took to smiling, bro-hugging, and apologizing for their boos. Check out the full pranking video for a few good laughs.
On the set Cano provided charm and wit as well. When asked about good Dominican food in Seattle, he said he has him mom in the Emerald City with him, just like when he played in the Big Apple.
He praised Derek Jeter, thanked the Yankee fans for all their love and support over the years. He hopes for a standing ovation, but even if he doesn’t get that, he will smile and have fun and play relaxed.
He also shared his favorite piece of Derek Jeter advice from his rookie season: never wear sunglasses during an interview.
Fallon and Cano quipped back and forth about Jay-Z, and how Fallon would ‘never leave New York!’ Until of course he said: ‘but if they offered me $240 million, I’d at least listen.’
I’m sure he would love to have the best series of the season this week.
I know most Mariners fans hope he does too.