In a 2,300-word article for The Players Tribune, Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes details his journey to the big leagues, escaping Cuba and finally feeling at home playing for the Mets...
"The first time I put on a Mets uniform and walked onto the field in New York, the fans greeted me with so many cheers, I knew that the Mets were going to be a good fit for me. I could feel it," he said, when explaining why he signed a four-year, $110 million with the Mets this past winter.
"They deserve a championship," he continues. "And I would not be here if I did not think we could win."
Cespedes was also drawn to the Mets because the ranch where he lives in the offseason is close to St. Lucie and, most important, he likes to win.
Mar 30, 2016; Cespedes (52) connects for a double at Tradition Field. Credit: USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
"I want to be a part of a team that I know has a chance to win," he writes. "To get that close to winning (in 2015), and then to lose on our home field, in front of our fans, that did not feel good."
Since being acquired in 2015, the Mets are 106-74 with Cespedes in the lineup, but 18-23 without him
"To Mets fans, I have to say, thank you. Please keep putting your trust in me, and know that I am going to go out every day and that I am going to give everything that I have to pay back the love that you have shown me since I arrived," he added. "I am going to make sure my new home achieves the title it deserves. Because ultimately, the feeling of home brings out the best in me."