Robinson Cano honored his namesake with special cleats on Jackie Robinson Day
On Jackie Robinson Day, players all around the Major Leagues pay homage to one of the most titanic figures in baseball history. But Robinson Cano feels that legacy more deeply than most. After all, it's how he got his name: Cano's father, Jose -- a Major League pitcher in his own right -- so idolized Jackie that he decided to name his son Robinson.
"My dad told me all the things [Robinson] went through, then you mature and grow up and start reading and watching about it," Cano told MLB.com in 2016. "That's something I don't think anyone right now [could do], with the way he stayed in and went through those situations at the high level that he played."
So, of course the younger Cano wanted to go above and beyond for Monday night's game against the Phillies -- in the form of some sweet custom cleats:
You inspired me to play the game that I love. You broke every barrier to pave the way for generations to come. Thank you Jackie. My name, my number. Honoring you today and every day. #Jackie42 #JackieRobinsonDay pic.twitter.com/uXv80xt1ZD— Robinson Cano (@RobinsonCano) April 15, 2019
Who knows, maybe Robinson will even pull off a straight steal of home.