No professional athlete is happier to have a new contract than Yoenis Cespedes. The slugging outfielder signed a three-year, $75 million deal with the New York Mets in January, and has since shown off a variety of fancy toys at Mets camp in Port St Lucie, FL.
Like his customized $60,000 Polaris Slingshot, his giant customized $60,000 Ford F-250 truck, and his customized $367,000 Lamborghini Aventador (although he actually had this fire-shooting car before the new contract).
Cespedes even lent the Lamborghini to a Mets staffer last week with the request that they go buy a round waffle maker for the team clubhouse. He isn’t a fan of the square waffles they had apparently been serving.
Did the Mets staffer return that Lambo? Because Cespedes arrived at the Mets spring camp Tuesday morning on horseback. He fully embraced the role too, dressed in full cowboy gear.
Cespedes pulled up to his parking spot this morning at Mets camp on horseback in full cowboy gear. pic.twitter.com/ayGyd9gKtS
— Matt Dunn (@MattDunnSNY) March 1, 2016
If only someone had been holding up a boombox playing Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive.” “I’m a cowboy… on a steel horse I ride…”
The cowboy lifestyle is clearly agreeing with Cespedes. The outfielder is also now the proud owner of an award-winning hog, and we’re not talking a Harley Davidson (but he probably has one of those too).
Here’s more, from ESPN’s Adam Rubin:
New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had so much fun at the St. Lucie County Fair on Saturday night, he returned a day later and purchased a $7,000 grand champion hog raised by a local 4-H member.
“He was in a bit of a bidding war for it,” a team spokesman said.
Cespedes — who arrived at the fair earlier in the evening in full cowboy gear, before the traffic issue — watched the hog competition that night. He then returned Sunday in more standard attire and won the bidding for the champion.
“He asked one of the people at the rodeo, ‘Well, what would you buy?'” Croghan said. “[A bystander] said, ‘The best one is the grand champion.’ So he said, ‘That’s the one I want.'”
— Sandy Croghan (@sandy20110) February 29, 2016
A $7,000, 270-pound, grand champion hog! Pretty awesome story, and we’re enjoying Cespedes’ full immersion into the cowboy life. We’re guessing riding in a rodeo is probably out for the $75 million man, however.