Cano Talks About His Big Hit Tuesday
Yankees' second baseman Robinson Cano talked after the Yankees Game One victory in the ALDS in this Q&A session to talk about his big double in the first inning on Tuesday, his first professional post-season game, his thoughts about his success on the road this season, and more.
Were you particularly conscious of trying to hit the ball the other
way against Colon in the first inning?
No, I was just trying to hit anything close to the
plate. I wanted to take my chance and I wanted to swing at anything close.
Any special feelings hitting against Colon, was he a guy you looked up to coming out of the Dominican?
Well, no, you know, I faced him last time. I saw him a
little bit, so you know what kind of pitcher he is and what he likes to
pitch. I know he throws a fastball, and for the first time, I just said
I'm going to look for the fastball and that's what I was looking for.
After you hit the ball, did you think it was going to go over Anderson's head?
As soon as I hit it, I was, "go over, go over," I just
see it wasn't over his head. When I saw he went to pick up the ball, I
just started running, just trying to get to second base.
You've hit the ball well on the road this year, best batting
average in the League on the American road; do you like to travel?
Well, I don't know. I've been doing the same thing at
home that I'm doing away. I do the same thing every day, and get early
to the stadium. Not nervous, it's exciting.
The way you've handled everything this year, kind of in stride and
you have not been wowed by being in the Major Leagues; and your first
post-season at-bat, did you have any thoughts in the way up to the
batter's box that this is an incredible moment, your first time?
Well, I just say, oh, God, this at-bat is my first one,
and we've got to take a lead. We're playing away and if you can help
me, I can get a hit in this at-bat right here. If we can get two runs,
that's going to be great.
Do you think your power to the opposite field may have surprised
Garrett a little bit?
No, since I was a little kid, I used to hit the ball
left field. That's something I've been working the whole year here in
the big leagues, and then, you know, to use the whole field.
Molina's ball in the ninth inning, were you caught not thinking
about a double play or what happened on that one?
I was trying to get -- at first I was thinking a base,
because he's on the right side, and I've got to turn around and see if
he makes a throw to the left. I don't want to be out of the base, and,
you know, just made one short.
You and Wang played in the Minor Leagues together, I know that you
guys thought about what it could be like some day, you guys have gone
through a whole year together, but now you're in the spotlight and you
have a big hit tonight and he's starting tomorrow. What does that feel
like with somebody that you play with when you're younger?
Well, maybe, you know, I feel happy for him because I
know from the first time that I saw him pitching in the Minor Leagues
that he has some good stuff and he's going to pitch one day in the big
league. He's going to pitch in the second game tomorrow, and I just
want to come in tomorrow and him to throw seven good innings and help