Cespedes Provides a Spark During a Quiet Day at Mets Camp


Yoenis Cespedes pleased his manager by showing up early for camp.

Howard Simmons/New York Daily News

Port St. Lucie, Fla. — The position players had been given the day off, and so the Mets’ spring training complex was relatively quiet Sunday when Yoenis Cespedes made his entrance with his new wheels: a custom pickupthat looked tricked out for a monster truck rally.

For much of the morning, cameras followed Cespedes’s every move. He held a brief news conference through an interpreter at his locker and posed for pictures, displaying his jersey, with a diamond-studded watch placed on a shelf in the backdrop. He took private batting practice with the hitting coach Kevin Long, and members of the news media jockeyed to get close-up shots.

Even for a task as routine as reporting for spring training, the Mets treated Cespedes like a star, perhaps…

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