It is not a hard concept. Baseball rolls under fence. Player bends down. Player grabs baseball. Player throws baseball. Apparently it was too complicated a job for Yoenis Cespedes.
Maybe he is too good for a menial task such as bending down to grab a ball. I mean, we wouldn’t want thim to strain his back, right?
In case you missed it, here is how it went down.
It was the top of second. One out. Houston Astros’ A.J. Reed hit a long fly ball. It went over Cespedes’ head in center. Cespedes gave chase. Ball rolled under fence. It stayed. Cespy made zero effort to get said ball.
Wait. There’s more.
Cespedes raises arms. Umpire comes over. Umpire makes Cespy looks foolish by grabbing ball and rolling it out to show it wasn’t stuck. Outcome? Inside the park home run.
Cespedes explains it like this:
“The ball fell under the fence and got wedged in there. I couldn’t grab it. I thought that should have been — just follow the rule — and been a double.”
“Of course I could grab it. If I stick my hand in there and pull it out, I guess I could grab it.”
I mean, it is his job to get the ball, right? Maybe I’m the crazy one.
This led some Mets fans to go absolutely ballistic. Comments on the fan page ranged from:
Mark Ces is so not a CFer
Fred He’s so much better suited as a DH; put Legares in CF where he belongs.
In his defense, even Cespedes prefers a corner outfield position.
“If I had the choice, I would stay in left field.”
All I will say is, good luck to manager Terry Collins. I guess I can see the logic of having gold glove left fielder play center and a gold glove center fielder play left. Hmmm!