Q&A: Robinson Cano
Cano Feeling More Relaxed As Of Late
Cano Feeling More Relaxed As Of Late

Posted May 22, 2005


Scout.com's Bryan Hoch caught up with Yankees infielder Robinson Cano, the organization's top infield prospect, before Sunday's game at Shea Stadium. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

This was your first taste of Subway Series action. Did the first couple of games live up to everything you'd imagined?

I didn’t believe how loud it could be. I heard it [from players], but sometimes when people tell you something you don’t know until you see it. That's how I feel. We won the first one and then they won one, so we're even. That makes this a big game today: they've got Pedro and we've got Pavano. We'll see what happens.

Are these the loudest crowds you've ever played in front of?

Yeah. You feel much more energy with a big crowd. It's really different than a small crowd, everything about it. It sounds big. The crowds are loud and they scream. Seattle was loud too but this is louder.

You got off to a slow start with the Yankees before turning it on of late. Did you have any reason for the struggles after your callup?

Not really. Some people said it was a slump, but I don't think it was. I was hitting [the ball] good, it was that I hit the ball right at people. That'll happen at times in the game.

Did you feel like you needed those first 20 or so at-bats to really get a comfort zone up here, or were you ready to go from minute one?

No, I was ready to go from minute one. When you're not ready, you make outs. When you're ready, you hit into outs. They might make a play on it, but you'll be out. I felt ready to come up and do the job.

Joe Torre has told reporters that he has a growing amount of confidence in you, and some people have said that they believe you could be a mainstay with the Yankees for the next few years. How does that praise make you feel?

It really makes me feel comfortable and confident. I can relax knowing [Torre] likes me and that lets me go out there and just play. [Torre] has kept that [pressure] off me. I'm not worried and I don’t feel pressure or have to press. When you're in the game, you do your job, and you're going to do well. That’s what I believe.

Has the major league experience been different in any way from what you expected?

Well, yes. It's so different. [With] some teams, you don’t know what you're looking for. The game is faster and the players are faster; you don't believe what some guys are able do. I know I can play here and I'm lucky to be here. I just want to keep doing as good a job as I can.

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