Booing an athlete while they're on the field or court of play is a paying customer's right. Harassing that person's family, on the other hand, is disgraceful.
After the 2012 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night, the New York Yankees second baseman told reporters that fans at Kauffman Stadium also took their frustration out on his family members (including his mother) during Monday's derby, heckling them when they'd make trips to the restroom.
"The only thing that I would say that I didn't like was the way they treated my family when they went to the restroom," Cano said.
"They were yelling stuff to my family," he added.
Cano didn't mind being the target of so much venom during the All-Star festivities, saying, "This is a game and we're All-Stars. If I get booed, I don't really care."
But, "Stuff with the family," he said, "that's over the line."
"Thank God they didn't do anything [more than yell]," Cano said. "You don't want to take this too far away, take it over the line where they do something to your family. This is the kind of stuff where you want to have fun and go home with some good memories."
Unfortunately for Cano's family members--apparent co-conspirators in Butler's omission--their good memories of Kansas City will be mixed with, or perhaps even overshadowed by, bad ones.