New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was not a happy man on Wednesday night.
Not only did his team lose 7-0 at home to the Atlanta Braves, but he also broke a necklace that appeared to be made of diamonds.
The necklace break happened in the bottom of the first inning when he hit a double, making it possibly the most expensive extra-base hit of all time.
The Cuban outfielder hit a shallow fly ball down the right-field line that no Brave could get to in time. He hustled around first and slid hard into second base, which might have been when the necklace actually broke.
As he was stretching right after his double, Cespedes noticed there was something wrong with one of his chains. What gave it away was the fact that diamonds were glistening on the dirt. In disgust, he hurled a piece of the necklace to the ground.
Cespedes was stranded on base, but when the Mets were back on the field the next inning, second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera and second-base umpire Bill Welke picked the diamonds off the ground.
“Well, the cleanup is underway after Yoenis Cespedes’ necklace exploded,” Mets play-by-play man Gary Cohen said during the game broadcast, according to the New York Post.
“Asdrubal Cabrera, who has done everything for this team this year, now doing the housekeeping, as well,” he added, referring to the fact that Cabrera has been the Mets’ best hitter in the early going.
“They were around the base. I didn’t want somebody to slide on them,” Cabrera told the New York Daily News after the game. “I just tried to get as many as I could. The umpire helped too.”
According to ESPN, before the start of the third inning, Cespedes tried to find any pieces that were still on the ground, but seemed to be unsuccessful.
Still, when Cespedes spoke to reporters later on, a Gatorade cup with about 25 diamonds in it could be seen in his locker. He indicated that the monetary value of the necklace wasn’t what mattered to him.
“I had that necklace for six years,” Cespedes said. “Oh, well.”
According to the Daily News’ Kristie Ackert, it’s possible that they weren’t even real diamonds.
This is not the first time in recent memory that a player has broken a necklace during a game. During last year’s American League Championship Series, Astros pitcher Lance McCullers snapped his diamond necklace while he was on the mound, ESPN reported.
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