Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are not the only Yankees who get to hold press conferences in the big tent at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. Yesterday, Cano got in on the act, holding court to announce his new 'walk to the plate' music.
"I wrote this song myself," explained Cano. "It's not very long, because you only get about 10 or 15 seconds, but I think this will keep me motivated."
The lyrics to the song are below:
You used to have walk-off hits,
now you play for the Braves and s--t,
AJ got you with the pies,
I miss you so much I might cry.
Why couldn't they trade Gardner instead?
F--k you Cashman!
The musical backdrop to the song was composed by Bernie Williams, who is yet to officially retire, and was touched by the powerful lyrics of his former teammate.
"Something about the song just spoke to me," explained Williams. "I don't know why, but certain lines were just really true to my experience. One line really. But I can't quite put my finger on which."
Cano explained that he wrote the song a week before arriving in Spring Training, and that it was executive produced by Quincy Jones.
"I think this song is really going to help me focus and get up for at bats," said Cano. "It should also help me be more clutch with guys on base."
It is not clear whether the Yankees will approve the use of the song, as its explicit lyrics are not conducive to the family friendly atmosphere of Yankee Stadium.
"We're just not sure yet," mused Lonn Trost. "I mean, think about it. You just paid $2500 each for your ticket and your kid's ticket and your mistress's ticket, then this comes blaring over the PA system. I just don't know if that will play well."