Yoenis Cespedes sort of came out of nowhere, when he showed out at the Home Run Derby on Monday. For Cespedes’ teammates, however, it was nothing unusual. Now the A’s want to get their fans caught up.
Per the Athletics:
“The Oakland Athletics announced today the team will open gates to O.co Coliseum one hour earlier for all remaining Friday home games this season, affording fans the rare opportunity to watch 2013 Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Céspedes take batting practice.”
Though fans will enjoy watching the slugger wreck meatballs into the stands, they shouldn’t expect too much of the same when the pitches actually count. Cespedes is only averaging .225 at the plate with a .293 on-base percentage. But hey, there is nothing wrong with letting the fans watch what Cespedes does best. At the very least it fills up the seats early.