"I had fun with it," Cano said. "That was a thing that, I had a great experience. I know I'm not a Yankee anymore. I have to understand that fans, they're not going to cheer for you. They're going to boo you because you're on the opposite team. The last thing they want is you to come here and do well. I have to understand that. And I have."
The Yankees and Cano broke up with some acrimony. The Cano side did not like that their initial $300-plus million contract proposal ended up in media reports. They also would have liked the Yankees to up their offer from $175 million to $235 million so Cano could have stayed in the Bronx at a $5 million discount.
The Yankees wouldn't budge and some in the hierarchy weren't thrilled to later read that Cano felt the team did not show him respect.
"$175 million is a lot of money for seven years," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I think we've always respected Robbie Cano and his talents and will continue to respect Robbie Cano and his talents. I think you'll see that with how we try to pitch to him. We're not just going to put it right down the middle of the plate. As far as not respecting Robbie, I think we all respect Robbie."