When Yoenis Cespedes left Game 4 of the NLCS with soreness in his left shoulder, Mets fans held their breath. When news broke that Cespsedes had played golf earlier that day, social media lit up.
How could a team's star hitter spend the morning of a playoff game golfing? Who does he think he is, Michael Jordan?
It turns out the Mets support Cespedes' hobby, even on game days.
"I want him to play golf as much as possible," says Mets hitting coach Kevin Long in a Wall Street Journal feature. "It tires him out a little bit. Instead of having so much energy, it seems like when he's just a little bit less amped up and fresh, the better he plays."
When Cespedes gets to the ballpark for a night game, Long asks him an important question for the Mets' victory chances: Did you play golf?
"If he played golf, most of the time he hits a home run," Long says.
Worked on my swing at Jeff Conine's Celebrity Golf Fundraiser pic.twitter.com/6YIC7MmiCL
— Yoenis Cespedes (@ynscspds) January 22, 2014
So the answer is yes, the Mets knew Cespedes spent his pregame time in Chicago playing Medinah, home of three U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships (both won by Tiger Woods) and one Ryder Cup. The team is all for it.
"For me, golf is sort of like when I go fishing," Cespedes says.
Yoenis Cespedes will play golf before World Series games if he wakes up feeling good.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) October 26, 2015
— WSJ Sports (@WSJSports) October 29, 2015
Cespedes is struggling to start the World Series, going 1-for-10 in the two games in Kansas City. The Mets' clean-up hitter needs to get back on track. Maybe it is time he gets back on the links.
Oh, and by the way, Cespedes lives in Florida during the offseason. A winter of improving his handicap awaits.