There are no Spring Training homers left because Robinson Cano just mashed 'em all
After Ketel Marte's inside-the-park, relaxed slide showing on Saturday, Mariners fans probably tuned in to Sunday's Cactus League matchup against the Cubs asking themselves how someone could possibly one-up Marte's showmanship.
They got their answer pretty quickly as All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano promptly left the yard in three of his four at-bats on the day:
Cano's first two dingers came off Cubs starter Jason Hammel, who had a wonderful reaction to making Cano's afternoon:
Jason Hammel on giving up 2 HR's to Robinson Cano: "Happy Easter Robbie Cano."— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) March 27, 2016
Not long after Hammel's message of good tidings, Cano stepped in against Trevor Cahill for an at-bat with a predictably similar result:
All told, Cano was 4-for-4 with a walk and 7 RBIs, and helped the Mariners best the Cubs, 12-9. MLB.com reporter Greg Johns spoke with Cano, who just wished that his impressive showing came while the Mariners were playing for keeps:
"It feels good when you hit three homers," Cano said. "I feel really good. But here they don't count. But the best thing is, it feels good [to be at full strength]. It feels good to be able to play the game at the level you want."
For what it's worth, those three dingers catapulted him into a tie for the most Cactus League home runs (six) this spring with Giants outfielder Hunter Pence.