2012 Home Run Derby Results: Mark Trumbo Proves Robinson Cano Made Right Pick

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 09:  American League All-Star Mark Trumbo #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at bat in the first round during the State Farm Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium on July 9, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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I don't blame Kansas City fans for booing Robinson Cano during the Home Run Derby. After all, Cano didn't choose Royals player Billy Butler, and you can't knock the fans for showing support for Butler by booing Cano.

The only problem is, Cano made the right decision when he chose Mark Trumbo over Butler. Trumbo was one of the highlights of the entire derby, after all.

In fact, Cano's entire team justified his decision. Prince Fielder won the event, Jose Bautista made the final, and Trumbo just missed making the finals and blasted some ridiculous moon shots that were truly fun to watch.

In fact, the only player that didn't deserve to represent the AL in the derby was the guy who won the contest last year and picked this year's AL team, Cano, who failed to hit a single home run.

I guess the boos got to him. At the very least, perhaps they affected his concentration a bit.

The issue the hometown fans justifiably had with Cano was that he said he would select a Royals' player for the Home Run Derby and then backed out of doing so. Perhaps when Cano compared Butler's 16 home runs this season to the 27 hit by Bautista, the 22 hit by Trumbo and the pure, raw power of Fielder, he had second thoughts.

I certainly had my doubts about how Trumbo would perform at the derby, but he showed up in a big way and smashed some impressive home runs. I doubt Billy Butler would have shown anywhere close to that level of pure strength.

In the end, everyone was justified in this situation. Cano's three selections all made the semifinals, two made the finals and Fielder won the contest. And the fans were justified in calling Cano out on his failed promise and showing their player support.

Besides, is it ever wrong to boo a New York Yankee?

Of course it isn't. In fact, it is downright admirable. The only thing more worthy of booing at the Home Run Derby was Chris Berman's annoying signature call, "Back, back, back, back, back, back, back...GONE!", which started getting old five years ago.

At least George Brett reminded him which direction Omaha was from home plate.

But at the end of the day, this was a memorable derby. From Kansas City fans booing Cano, to Trumbo and Bautista taking five extra swings to break a semifinal tie, to Fielder showing off his remarkable power with his second derby win in four years, the event was a lot of fun.

And that's the way it should be.


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