Saturday was a great day for the New York Mets, defeating the Phillies and clinching their Wild Card spot in the postseason. But it wasn’t a great day for Yoenis Cespedes.
Cespedes was clearly off his game on Saturday. going 0-for-5 before being ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Will Little over a called third strike in the top of the ninth inning. Given all of that, it isn’t surprising that Cespedes wasn’t entirely in the best frame of mind to join his team in their postseason celebration.
To clarify any concerns over Cespedes’s absence during the clubhouse party, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo noted that Terry Collins addressed the player’s undeniable frustration during the manager’s pre-game press conference on Sunday. According to Collins, “[Cespedes] had a bad day and he was not happy about it,” thus preventing him from fully participating in—and enjoying—the team celebration. Moreover, Collins said that Cespedes was also receiving physical treatment following the game.
But hey, Collins says Cespedes is “over it” now. He’s had time to dwell on his performance, to beat himself up unfairly, and to move on. With Sunday off, he will have three full days to enjoy the Mets’ Wild Card clincher before they all take the field on Wednesday.