- The Mets player took up golf four years ago.
- He considers himself to be a serious golfer and plays most days.
Yeonis Cespedes is a bit of a fairytale story. Five years ago he found himself on a boat cruising to the Dominican Republic, forced to defect from Cuba to realise his ambitions of playing in America, he now sits on a $75 million contract with the Mets. You would laugh when you heard he plays golf for $5 a hole, but that’s what adds to his mystique.
“That’s why we had to re-sign him — to make sure he could come back and play golf with me,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said in this Newsday video. “He’s an expensive golf partner, but he’s worth it,” he joked standing next to his silent player.
“When you see the natural athletic ability of someone like him, where he can hit the ball and move it around,” he adds, with the type of pride only a scrawny father stood next to his inexplicably athletic son can possess.
The Mets pitching coach claims he has seen Cespedes hit 360-yard drives. The Mets star isn’t short of confidence, “Once I’m done, I’m going to start taking lessons,” he said. “I’m going to play professionally.” When you have a shoulder turn like this with the wrist speed to match, you just know he’s got the talent to strike a golf ball.