Bad Yo. Ball wasn't trapped and ump lets him know, so inside-the-park HR https://t.co/IzswY3OZrR
— Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) March 24, 2016
$75 million man Yoenis Cespedes can’t help but make boneheaded plays on the field, even in spring training.
By Jeremy Fialkow
Although he did it in another edition of meaningless baseball, All-Star slugger Yoenis Cespedes still managed to make a head-scratching decision (again), leaving his audience in awe.
Here’s the scenario.
The Astro’s A.J. Reed blasts a pitch off Matt Harvey into the centerfield wall at tradition field, the ball knocks off the wall and goes under the padding by the warning track.
Cespedes decided to play the role of Umpire and stayed motionless as the ball lay on the ground, figuring it must be a ground-rule double. Except, the ball wasn’t lodged in the wall, and it certainly wasn’t trapped.
I probably could have grabbed it using my mind.
Baseball isn’t rocket-science, Yo. It’s not as if he the ball was lost under the ivy shrubs at Wrigley Field (a la 2015 NLCS).
Yoenis Cespedes insisted the ball was wedged under the fence and should have been ground-rule double.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) March 24, 2016
The expression on the ump’s face as he swiftly and easily dislodges the ball truly says it all.
“What are you thinking, dude?”