Robinson Cano was clipped by the D train yesterday. It took the form of Mike Lowell and blazed by in the fourth inning.
Cano completed the double play, but ended up on the ground. Base runners should never allow their teammates to be doubled up, but most no longer slam into fielders trying to tag them, which is why Cano sat stunned on the infield grass.
Cano won’t make that mistake again. He learns fast and next time will be prepared just as Lowell was.
The first rule of baseball is: Use anything and everything to gain an advantage and expect the other team to do the same.
It can be a hard lesson, but it’s one that sticks with you.