We have no idea why Mets superstar Yoenis Céspedes showed up early at spring training in Port St. Lucie, Florida, over the weekend, or why he’s brought along some of the wackiest rides we’ve seen a while, but it could be his way of celebrating his $75 million, three-year contract with the National League Champion Mets, which he signed on January 22nd.
The Cuban-born Céspedes, who joined the Mets on July 31 of last year and was instrumental in propelling the team to the World Series, showed up for practice Tuesday in a red and gray, Batmobile-style ride—a custom-built three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot motorcycle sporting the number 52 on its hood, with carbon-fiber-leather seats, a 12-speaker sound system, multicolor LED lights, and a swank air suspension that has it hugging the ground—which reportedly cost the star $68,000.
Sunday, he arrived in a gargantuan white Ford F-250 a custom suspension of the opposite variety, which lifts the ride up off the tires like something out of Fury Road. Both retrofits were done by auto guru Alex Vega of Miami’s The Auto Shop, who told ESPN he’s done about $80,000 worth of customizations for the 30-year-old outfielder, including the Lamborghini Aventador Céspedes was driving when he arrived on Wednesday morning.
Vehicles aside, Céspedes’ life story is pretty inspiring. After playing eight years of stellar baseball for various Cuban National teams, he defected to the Dominican Republic with his family in 2011—by way of a 23-hour speedboat ride.
In his four seasons as a Major League Baseball star, he’s played for the Athletics (for three years), the Red Sox (for a couple of months, in 2014), the Tigers (also for a couple of months, in 2015), and now the Mets. He became a free agent at the end of the year, and no one knew whether he’d be back at Citi Field this summer at all. Turns out, he will be.
And hey, if you love cars and baseball as much as Yo does, why not show it?