If you’ve ever listened to Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts for even a few minutes, you know how big of Mets fans both are, and you knew that the open of Monday’s show was going to be all about Yoenis Cespedes and the way he opted out of the 2020 season.
Think what you want about Cespedes’ reasons, stated or otherwise, but chances are, Joe and Evan are on the same page as you.
“In this moment, right now, I have a very tough time believing that Yoenis Cespedes opted out due to COVID concerns,” Evan said. “Maybe it’s the incentives he knows he can’t hit, or maybe it’s the fact he was ticked off – we’ve complimented Luis Rojas about his batting orders, about how it doesn’t matter what your name is, you’re batting fifth or sixth; I’m not sure if it was one thing or multiple, but you can’t blame any Mets fan about being questionable about that idea.”
“I don’t buy it for a second. I believe it for a lot of the reasons you said, but the biggest reason to me is that he looks like he’s finished. He can’t even hit a room service fastball anymore,” Joe added. “He’s got a lot of money, probably $50 million in the bank, so he says ‘eh, I’m done.’ But the way he did it? At least call the Mets and tell them. How bad was that?”
Of course, that all said, neither Joe nor Evan was ready to make the Mets out to be the good guy.
“I don’t want to completely exonerate the Mets either, because for them to release that statement the way they did…most of us had the same reaction: is he okay? Did something happen to him? I hate to tell you that your mind goes to the worst place, but it does,” Evan said. “That statement comes out, but then, and this is the confusing part, the Mets start leaking out that they know he’s okay. Wait – you have no idea where he is, he’s AWOL…how the hell do you know he’s okay? Did the Mets know more, or were they trying to make him look back? Because they didn’t have to try hard, because he looks awful, but for a good hour, there was legit concern for the safety of Yoenis Cespedes.”
And with that, Evan made an analogy that he admitted he cleaned up for radio broadcast, but is definitely one to both laugh at and agree with.
“The whole thing was Metsian, and it really ends a tenure and a really weird legacy of Yoenis Cespedes. He came in like a lion and went out like a lamb, and the truth is, I hate to make this comparison, but it’s accurate: Yoenis Cespedes should’ve been a remarkably fun one night stand, and instead, the Mets tried to marry her,” Evan said. “That was the mistake, and we all fell victim to it, because he did so much for this team in 2015 and 2016. Giving him that contract, we were in favor of it, but that was the real mistake.”
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