The Kansas City fans still were booing the Yankees Robinson Cano during Tuesday nights All-Star Game for not putting the Royals Billy Butler in the Home Run Derby on Monday. The Red Soxs David Ortiz was willing to give the fans what they wanted.
The designated hitter got two at-bats, but he was ready to step aside after one for Butler.
"AL manager Ron Washington wanted me to get another at-bat, and I just went and did it," Ortiz said. "Actually, he wanted me to get three at-bats. I was like, 'Let me get two and have my boy coming in and perform for his hometown.' I guess he had a plan, a plan for when he wanted everybody to be in the game, and we all respect that."
Meanwhile, Cano said the fans werent letting up, to the extent that his family in the stands needed security around them.
I knew coming in I was going to get booed, Cano said. The only thing I didnt like was the way they treated my family when they went to the restroom. Hopefully, it will stop here and we can go forward.
This is a game and were All-Stars. If I get booed, I dont really care, but to start with your family, thats over the line. You dont want to take this too far because when they do something to your family because its just a game. This is the kind of game you want to have fun in and you want to go home with good memories.
Ortiz did enjoy himself, he said, as he always does at the All-Star Game.
"It's always a blessing to be part of the All-Star Game," Ortiz said. "You've got the fans voting for you. Having to come out here is something that will never get old, you know what I'm saying? It's something I look forward to."
The Orioles Adam Jones said Ortiz was a guy he enjoyed hanging out with.
"Papi, he's awesome," Jones said. "He's a big 8-year-old out there."