Robinson Cano was visited by visions of Yankees future Thursday night.
For seven innings in a comatose ballpark he saw a preview of what could be the next few years if he sticks around a non-contender playing before dispassionate fans with sketchy talent.
And then for two innings he saw a different seductive coming attraction of what is possible if he re-signs. He will never have the place in the fans’ hearts that Mariano Rivera has. There is not the same connection not the same history not as many championships.
But if Cano does sign a long-term deal to stay this winter he puts himself in position to get what even $310 million cannot purchase — a place in the pinstripe pantheon. He is on a trajectory to become the second Yankee to ever reach 3000 hits. General manager Brian Cashman already has touted Cano’s Hall-of-Fame path.
He has a chance to become a forever Yankee which carries all kinds of late-career love and post-career inducements. None of which is possible for say Texa...