Robinson Cano’s Minor League Memories

July 27, 2012 – I was in Trenton, NJ yesterday to cover Robinson Cano and David Robertson’s return to Waterfront Park.

The two former Trenton Thunder players were back in their old stomping grounds to accept significant donations to their respective charities.

Cano will be the subject of the cover story of the September Issue of Yankees Magazine and the first-ever Spanish Language Issue of Yankees Magazine.

The evening in Trenton presented an opportunity for me to spend time with Cano and to talk to him about his early days in the game and his rise from a minor league prospect to one of the greatest players in the majors.

“This brought back a lot of memories,” Cano said. “It reminded me of the challenges I faced when I played for the Thunder and how much I wanted to make it to the big leagues.

“I remember hitting my first home run here,” Cano continued. “That ball went over the scoreboard. Even after being in the big leagues for what feels like a long time, you never forget moments like that.”

Before Cano took part in the pre-game ceremony, he signed a few hundred autographs and made a visit to the home clubhouse, where he spent a few minutes with every player, coach and trainer he could find.

Cano even make a surprise stop in the visitor’s clubhouse, so that he could catch up with former Yankees and Thunder pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, who is with Washington’s Triple-A team on a rehab assignment.

Yankees team photographer James Petrozzello was also on hand, and he captured several images of Cano (see photo below) for the story, which will also include a comprehensive look at the second baseman’s stellar play this season.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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