Kansas City Royals fans, not exactly known for unruly behavior, created a stir during this week's MLB All-Star Game festivities.
They mercilessly booed Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, who left Royals designated hitter Billy Butler off the AL Home Run Derby team. Far worse, some fans subjected Cano’s family to abuse Monday during the Home Run Derby.
As deplorable and unacceptable as we consider this treatment of Cano’s family, hopefully Yankees fans won’t start pointing their fingers toward Kansas City.
After all, this is the fan base that gave us:
Someone who stabbed a Red Sox fan at the Chowder Pot III restaurant in Branford, Conn.
Someone who struck and killed a Red Sox fan with her car after a confrontation in Nashua, N.H.
Someone who threw a 5-inch hunting knife from the upper deck of Yankee Stadium, striking Angels first baseman Wally Joyner on the arm
Fans who spit and threw beer at the wife of Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee – possibly affecting the team’s subsequent unsuccessful attempt to sign the left-hander.
A vocal history of homophobia
The need for a guide to “How to Survive the Bleacher Section at Yankee Stadium”
Of course, we could go on and on.
So instead of taking aim at Royals fans, maybe Yankees supporters should focus their wrath on a much bigger enemy of the franchise: Reggie Jackson.