Robinson Cano turned the World Baseball Classic into a personal display.
There was a backhanded grab and glove flip to start a double play against Venezuela. There was a home run he crushed off the second deck against Italy. And, in the end, there was an MVP award for helping the Dominican Republic win the international crown.
''He had a great series,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''They were pitching around him and he still hit the ball well.''
None of this is anything new. Cano already has established himself as the top second baseman in the majors during eight seasons in New York. He's a four-time All-Star with four Silver Slugger Awards, two Gold Gloves and three straight top-6 finishes in the AL MVP race.
But, it was a different Cano at the WBC. Wearing his country's name on his chest brought out his leadership.
''Robbie not only played well, but also he became the leader of that team,'' said Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, who managed the Dominican Republic to an 8-0...