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Last time I said I’ve seen it all, but I’ve just been proved wrong again. From prize winning pig, to horses, to hundred thousand dollar cars. To say Yoenis Cespedes is having fun at spring training would be saying the least. In his latest stunt, he turned the practice field into a makeshift driving range. Lets hope La Potencia isn’t hitting more than an easy sand wedge or someone in a retirement community up the road is going to need new dentures. The man hits a baseball 150 yds, I don’t want to even imagine how far he can pipe a tee shot.
According to CBS, Cespedes has the golf bug, and bad. He played Medinah, host of the last US Ryder Cup, on the morning of game four of the NLCS. Now as a lifelong Mets fan that’s slightly sketchy, but as a future PGA Professional it makes me smile.
The New York Times recently put out a story on Yo’s chronic golf obsession saying:
“He joined two country clubs in Boca Raton, Florida, and collected seven sets of clubs. Every time Van Wagenen saw Cespedes, it seemed he had a new driver. This off-season, he played with Wray almost every day, and sometimes twice a day. When Cespedes couldn’t sleep, he found himself watching golf on television at 2 a.m., studying how Jason Day used his driver and how Jordan Spieth worked his irons.”
Cespedes’ Dream Foursome:
Cespedes’ dream foursome, according to the Times, it Ricky Fowler, Tiger Woods, and Rory McIlroy. Not a bad group to caddy for, right?
Last year Cespedes said he’s thought about playing golf professionally. He knows that he can’t play on the PGA Tour, but he want’s to take his competitiveness to the links in tournaments. And he wouldn’t be the first one to do so. Former MLB pitcher Rick Rhoden. Rhoden carded three top-10 finishes in senior tour events and even qualified for a U.S. Senior Open. Although he had some success he never managed to get his Champions Tour Card.
Now, Cespedes has not been playing long, but with his athleticism and some hard work, who knows what is possible. As someone getting ready to enter the golf industry, Cespedes represents a huge milestone for the game of golf. People used to think that golf was an old man’s game, then you saw the players on the PGA Tour getting younger and younger. Now we are seeing world class athletes in their own field getting the bug. I think it’s pretty fair to say, once you start it’s hard to stop!