Mariners Editorial: Robinson Cano is Seattle’s champ
He’s more than just a player. He’s more than just a future hall-of-fame second baseman. He’s way more than just an all-star, MVP-caliber player who came to an irrelevant team solely for money. Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners is more than a man when it comes to these fans.
He’s the embodiment of what’s good and right with the city. He’s the heart and soul of the Mariners team. We can now add that he is the third Mariner ever to win the ASG MVP award. With every bubble, every nonchalant whip of the ball to first base, with every single bat drop, he endears Seattle to him even more.
Sure we can always look on the first couple seasons of the Mariners-Cano union and question what Jack Z was doing, but then we’d get to the 2016 and 2017 seasons and be reminded just why we pulled out all the stops to land him.
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In 2016 when he hit 39 homers and batted .298, he put Seattle on his back and almost got that team to the hallowed October soil they haven’t touched since I was two years old.
The Cano Show is Seattle’s favorite. The Colgate smile of his makes the quest for the playoffs seem so much closer to the end than it may be.
No matter how bad the 2017 season may go, we can always look on July 11, 2017, in the tenth inning of an All-Star game that only boasted two M’s when it at least should’ve been three or four (see: Ben Gamel and Jean Segura). We can remember when Wade Davis, one of the best pitchers in the National League, left one in the wrong spot for the Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners, and he quickly deposited it into the right field bullpen.
As he came around third base and the camera picked him up, the seven letters across his chest said it all. Robinson Cano represents Seattle, and because of that stardom, because of that power he holds, the Mariners have a swagger and relevancy no one can take from them even in bad years (No matter how many King 5 tweets try to tell you it’s always about the Seahawks).
It was also pretty cool to see fellow Mariner Nelson Cruz meet him after the plate and be the first to celebrate with him.
He was named the MVP of the game for his game-winning efforts, and then dedicated the trophy to his family and to us “beautiful” fans of the Seattle Mariners. Because of Robinson Cano, the Mariners get mentioned in the interviews. Because of Robinson Cano, there’s a pride in hearts that doesn’t usually exist with teams that are four games under.
He said in his postgame interview that he always had the goal of winning the ASG MVP, but he has always been our MVP. He is our champion. No Yankee fans can tell us he’s theirs.No one can take away Robinson Cano away from Seattle, and no one can take Seattle away from him.