New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes cost his team a run in Thursday’s spring training game against the Houston Astros when his mental error led to an inside-the-park home run.
Houston’s A.J. Reed crushed a ball to deep center field that landed at the base of the outfield wall. The ball, which was clearly visible, just sat there under the padding.
Instead of reaching for it, Cespedes threw his arms up to ask for a ground-rule double. Meanwhile, Reed circled the bases and was awarded an inside-the-park home run.
An umpire came out to center field to show Cespedes where the ball was and his reaction is priceless.
yoenis cespedes is a national treasure pic.twitter.com/xHRWQpgBei
— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) March 24, 2016
That might fly at Wrigley Field with the ivy rule but not here.