The Phillies lost but at least Larry Bowa got a Rolex

The Phillies lost but at least Larry Bowa got a Rolex
August 20, 2014, 6:30 am
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This is not actually Larry Bowa's Rolex. This one belonged to "The King," Elvis Presley. (AP Photo)

They say never to forget those who helped you get to where you are today. For Seattle Mariners star second baseman Robinson Cano, he took that to heart.

And also decided to say "thank you" in an incredibly generous way.

Cano was under the tutelage of current Phillies bench coach and former star shortstop Larry Bowa back when both were in the New York Yankees organization in 2006 and 2007. Cano was quite the young hitter back then but needed to work on his defense. That's where Bowa's expertise came in handy.'s Jim Salisbury tells the story as relayed by Bowa before last night's game.

One of Bowa’s tasks was to get Cano to work as hard on his defense at second base as he did on his hitting.

Cano ended up winning the American League Gold Glove at second base in 2010 and 2012. Last off-season, he signed a huge, 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners. He entered Tuesday night's game against the Phillies ranked second in the AL with a .329 batting average.

Cano certainly didn't forget who helped him become the incredible all-around player he is today.

With the Mariners in Philadelphia for a three-game set, Cano left a Rolex watch in front of Bowa's locker on Monday with a note thanking him for helping him work so hard on his defense.

I'd call that a win-win situation for both of them.

(Not the Phillies though. They lost last night. The Phils broadcasters talked about the gift during last night's telecast if you'd like to watch that.)