For somebody who professes his love for Mets fans and New York City, Yoenis Cespedes sure has a funny way of showing it.
What else can you conclude after Cespedes’ comments to The San Francisco Chronicle that pledged his loyalty to the Oakland Athletics and their manager Bob Melvin, at the expense of the team that will pay him $110 million over four years and Terry Collins, the manager who has consistently had his back?
Whether it be apologizing for Cespedes not hustling or playing golf when he was injured and should have been rehabbing, Collins always supported his left fielder.
Cespedes said he wanted to end his career with Oakland, the team he started for in 2012.
“I don’t know how many years I’m going to play, but I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland,’’ Cespedes said. “I don’t know if that’s possible or not, but that’s my goal. I still love the A’s. They were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues. I love Oakland all the time.’’
Cespedes said his comments were a “misrepresentation,’’ and blamed the reporter.
Cespedes can claim innocence all he wants, but he’s been around long enough to know what’s going on and how to handle such questioning.
And, as much as he respects Melvin, he has to be smart enough to know that if he calls “the best manager for me so far … I don’t think there’s a better manager than Melvin.’’
Is Cespedes that naïve to think that wasn’t going to get back to Collins?
Cespedes has been all about damage control since, saying, “this is my home, this is my team, nothing has changed.’’
And, regarding Collins, Cespedes said: “With respect to the comments I made about their manager, he’s a great manager, that does not take away from my relationship with Terry.”
Whatever Cespedes’ relationship is with Collins these days, it would be a lot better if he had more than 22 RBI.
FLORES DOES IT AGAIN: Wilmer Flores was waiting on a fastball, and when he got it he completely erased a five-run deficit with a home run in ninth inning to give the Mets a 6-5 victory tonight over the Athletics.
“I was looking for a fastball. I have to be ready for that,’’ Flores said of his approach facing reliever Simon Castro.
The Mets fell behind 5-0 but clawed back into the game with a four-run sixth that began with a double by Flores.
WHEELER TORCHED: Zack Wheeler continued his troubles, giving up five runs on seven hits and four walks with six strikeouts in five innings.
Wheeler gave up two homers, including to Matt Joyce on the game’s second pitch. He has now given up 17 homers.
Wheeler hasn’t won a game since May 20, nine starts ago.
TRADE CHIPS: Asdrubal Cabrera started at third base for the first time this season and had two hits. The Mets want to showcase Cabrera at third. … Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer, his 25th of the season. … Lucas Duda tied the game with a pinch-hit single in the eighth. … Addison Reed has drawn interest from the Dodgers and Yankees.