New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes will not speak to the media this year. It’s a wise decision on his part.
Abraham Lincoln said it best. “Better to remain silent and to be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Appropriately, a member of the New York Mets franchise decided to follow Honest Abe’s advice on President Day nonetheless.
On Monday, Yoenis Cespedes declared he would not be speaking with the media. It wasn’t a one-day personal gag order. It will extend throughout the spring, into the year, and to the end of his time with the organization.
Cespedes plans to avoid talking to the media all year long in 2020. Can we blame him? He has been dragged through the mud by the biggest talk show hosts on television and radio. You cannot find a single blogger who has defended him 100% of the time or a reporter who has buttered him up to the fans.
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Cespedes’ relationship with the New York media is at an all-time low right now. He’s embarrassed about how he lost millions of dollars for a bad decision.
For nearly two years, the big guy has been criticized countless times. I’m guilty of it, too. So for him to not want to speak with the media, it’s an understandable decision.
It became a big deal when Cespedes announced he won’t be speaking with the media. It was only a problem because the media told us it was. Generally, I’m not so sure the average member of the Flushing Faithful cares much at all.
Looking back at Cespedes’ career with the Mets, I cannot remember anything important he has ever really said. Cespedes is an interesting character, but not an elite linguist. In fact, he’s probably more likely to say something stupid than give everyone an inspiring quote.
While it does seem like Cespedes is approaching this in a negative light, I’m not so sure that was his intention. Spring training quotes from Mets players have been nothing but super positive thus far. Cespedes’ declaration is outside the box compared to what the rest of the team is saying. It’s also likely a personal jab at the media members who have played a big part in embarrassing him.
A brilliant quote from Cespedes does little for me. In fact, in his case, I kind of prefer him not to say anything at all. Ever.
Cespedes can come off as arrogant and selfish. His only prediction for the upcoming year included personal accomplishments—not where the team will go.
Perhaps Cespedes has wised up and realized he cannot compete with the fun-loving, positivity Pete Alonso offers. Compared to the Polar Bear, anything out of Cespedes’ mouth fails to measure up.
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Whether or not he keeps to his media silence promise is unknown. Ultimately, it’s Cespedes’ bat that will do the most talking this year. Fortunately, it’s the best speaking voice any player has.