Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher found themselves out of Tuesday night's lineup for a 2-1 loss in ALCS Game 3, but it was starting second baseman Robinson Cano who really made himself look right at home in the New York Yankees dugout. With his feet propped up on a Gatorade cooler, Cano leaned back in a stiff chair that looked like it belonged in an office park, not Comerica Park, and watched as Detroit starter Justin Verlander went to work.
Not exactly the type of body language a Yankees fan would want to see with their team sitting in a three-game hole that Cano has helped dig. He was hitless in his first three at-bats on Tuesday, extending his record-setting slump to 0 for his last 29 before breaking it with a single in the ninth. He's 3 for 36 this entire postseason and if the Yankees don't mount some kind of comeback, this picture — which actually looks like it was taken after the final out of a loss instead of the third inning in a scoreless game — will serve as the best image of the Yankees collapse in the 2012 ALCS.
There was some complaining about Cano's posture on Twitter though nothing close to the furor that would have broken out had we seen A-Rod relaxing. Seriously, can you even imagine? The New York tabs would have already rushed out three special editions had A-Rod done as much as managed a yawn on the bench.