How often do the worlds of the New York Mets and Jerry Seinfeld collide?
More than you’d think. The funny guy grew up on Long Island, a couple towns and a few years from me. He, too, has remained an avid Mets rooter. Remember first baseman Keith Hernandez showing up on Jerry’s sitcom on a classic episode almost two decades back now?
Anyway, Jerry and the Mets both show up in my installment this month over at the Blog of Funny Names, which begins:
At the end of last month, my New York Mets traded for an outfielder by the name of Yoenis Céspedes.
Yoenis Céspedes Milanés to be exact.
This good baseball guy is a 29-year-old native of Cuba, which means that for his life before he came north to play in the major leagues, there isn’t a whole lot of pure storytelling readily available. Wikipedia allows that his paternal name is Céspedes and maternal name is Milanés, and that he was born in Campechuela in the Granma Province. He was a member of the Cuba National Team and played in the Cuban National Series.
He came to the Major Leagues in 2012 as a member of the Oakland Athletics, but was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 2014. This year he played for the Detroit Tigers before the Mets picked him up …
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