Most professional athletes nowadays can be seen rolling around in something fancy, whether it’s an Audi, a Range Rover, an Escalade, or the biggest pickup truck they can find. Yoenis Cespedes of the New York Mets is no different.
Well, maybe a little different…
Last week, the Cuban outfielder put on a spectacle, pulling up to Mets camp in not one, not two, but SIX different ridiculous vehicles.
Monday: Ford F-250
This takes “monster truck” to a whole new level. I don’t think I’m tall enough to climb into this enormous thing. I’d probably pull a few muscles just trying to reach the handle on the door.
Estimated cost (including customization): $60,000
Tuesday: Polaris Slingshot
I had a tricycle, too, except mine was plastic, traveled at a maximum speed of about 8 MPH, was made by Fischer-Price, and was worth maybe $50. This one is just insane.
Estimated cost: $68,000
Wednesday: Lamborghini Aventador
Matt Harvey thought his $150,000 Maserati (pictured above, next to Yo’s Lambo) was a cool car until Yoenis rolled up in this beauty. It almost makes Harvey look like a normal human being. And I’m sure it made the Mets’ employee, who Cespedes let borrow his Lambo in order to go pick up some waffles, feel superhuman for a day.
Estimated cost: $400,000
Thursday: Alfa Romero 8C Competizione
As if one ridiculously expensive sports car wasn’t enough, Cespedes continued showing off his garage on Thursday when he parked an Alfa Romero in his spot marked with the number 52. It’s just silly at this point.
Estimated cost: $250,000
Friday: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
This one is Cespedes’ favorite, which poses this question: Is there anybody else in the world who drives both a Lamborghini and an Alfa Romero, yet neither of those two are their favorite ride? Goodness, Yoenis, calm down a little bit.
Estimated cost: $80,000
Saturday: Polaris Slingshot Number Two
On Saturday, Cespedes showed up in his second Slingshot, I presume just to rub it in our faces. I guess I would, too, if I had just signed a $75,000,000 contract. I couldn’t find a price tag on this one, so the estimated cost below is an educated guess based on the cost of his other Slingshot and some final numbers I saw.
Estimated cost: $75,000
Total estimated cost of Cespedes’ six cars from last week: $933,000…
…and that might be low-balling it a bit.
Cespedes, who only rode a bike and walked when living in Cuba, has become a car enthusiast since moving to America. He and his “car guy,” Alex Vega, have worked together to customize some of the coolest vehicles I have ever seen. Vega has worked previously with several high-profile individuals and also helped design cars for the Fast and Furious movies.
After Cespedes’ display last week, I started thinking about the price tags on these toys and just how much they really are worth. Here is a list of things for which one could pay with the $933,000 that Cespedes spent on these six cars.
– I paid $10,300 for my used 2011 Honda Civic. I could have bought almost 91 of them.
– 233 of Sears’ most expensive refrigerator
– 245 Samsung 75 inch 2160p TVs from Best Buy
– 466 of Sports Authority’s most expensive ping pong table
– 569 La-z Boy recliners
– 1,157 iPad Pros
– 1,435 months of rent for the apartment I’m moving into next month
– 2,665 PlayStation 4 consoles from Walmart
– 13,927 “Gold” season passes for Six Flags
– 62,000 cheap haircuts
– 173,098 Doritos Locos Tacos from Taco Bell
– 466,500 Powerball tickets
– 552,071 gallons of gas at the station near my house
– A full season ticket plan (two seats) in the most expensive seats in the ballpark for all 30 teams.
– The 2016 salary of any member of Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list not named Kenta Maeda.
– The 2016 salary of any of the following (but certainly not limited to): Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman, Texas Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray, Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, Houston Astros outfielder George Springer or shortstop Carlos Correa, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha or outfielders Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, Mets pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and Zack Wheeler, and the list goes on and on.
So, what’s next for Yoenis Cespedes?
Cespedes inquired with his car guru Alex Vega about building a Batmobile. May or may not happen.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) February 26, 2016