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NEW YORK -- Back in New York for Tuesday's game against his old team, the Yankees, Robinson Cano discussed the reception he hopes to get at Yankee Stadium while appearing on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon.
"The way I left New York, I left in a good way. I'll hopefully get a good standing ovation. But if it's not I'm going to have fun. I'm still going to have some love for the New York fans, for all those years I was here. They were so patient and so kind to me, and I really want to thank them for that."
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A standing ovation might be tough to muster; there are also no plans to have any sort of special video tribute, a source told ESPNNewYork.com. But Cano also participated in a very entertaining man-on-the street bit, which shows how fans might not always respond the way they say they will.
The taped piece at the start of the show followed Cano as he took to the streets of New York and stepped into a phone booth-type box with a life-sized photo on the cover. Yankee fans were invited to boo Cano -- and some took this opportunity very seriously -- until he stepped out to greet them.
"How are you doing? Welcome back to New York," said one surprised New Yorker.
Cano got a hug or handshake from every guy who booed him.
Cano left New York after signing a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. Plenty of fans were upset that he left New York for more money, and questioned his motives when the Yankees appeared to have a greater chance at postseason success.
The second baseman was one of Fallon's guests on the Monday night show. Seattle catcher John Buck was in the audience.
Fallon spent much of the interview asking Cano about playing with Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Cano revealed that Jeter gave him a lot of good advice, but the piece of advice that stands out the most came when he was about to do a postgame news conference in sunglasses.
"You know what?" Jeter told him. "Take your glasses off, you don't want to look bad."
Jeter told Cano the media wants to make contact, and you want to connect with people. Cano said he follows that advice even now.
"He's the best," Cano said of Jeter, "he's a class guy."
A native of the Dominican Republic, Cano said he moved his mother to Seattle so that he could get good Dominican food.
Fallon also asked about Cano's agent, Jay Z. Cano said he was exactly the kind of person you want on your side, someone who had worked his way to the top from nothing.
Fallon said he wanted to sign up with Jay Z, too.
"But I'm staying in New York," the "Tonight Show" host said as the audience erupted in cheers.
Fallon took a bow, and admitted he might just reconsider for $240 million.
Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand was used in this report.