Last spring training, Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes put on a personal, custom car show in the team's parking lot, which quickly became the talk of camp, as well as throughout the baseball world.
Cespedes drove seven different modes of transportation, including a horse, to Tradition Field from his home in Vero Beach. The parade also included a Ford F-250, two custom Polaris Slingshots, a Lamborghini Aventador, Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and a Jeep Wrangler, all customized by Alex Vega, owner of The Auto Firm in Doral, Florida.
Earlier this week, Vega posted the following to Twitter and Instagram, teasing what he and Cespedes might have in the works this year when players arrive in to camp next month...
I don't know if you saw what happened last year in spring training with my boy @ycespedes52 , but all I can say, is this year we are shutting it down... Stay Tuned, because the cameras will be rolling... �� #mlb #ny #nyc #newyork #mets #springtraining #yoeniscespedes #AutoFirm #TheAutoFirm #Avorza #AlexVega #Cars #Car #Auto #Luxury #Exotic #Custom #Wheels #VIP #305 #MIA #Miami #carporn #KeepUp #AvorzaMovement
"Being in Cuba, I never thought I was going to be here in the United States," Cespedes told reporters last spring, with Vega translating. "After I got here, I saw the possibilities I could have whatever I want so I worked hard for it."
The Lamborghini he drove to camp in 2016 went for over $300,000, and the customizations were estimated in the $80,000 range, which you can read more about here.
The Mets and Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $110 million contract, which - so far - is the largest contract signed by any free agent in baseball this winter.