But if Cespedes spent August and September absolutely smoking NL pitching, he also apparently spent that time simply smoking. As in, puffing cigarettes every chance he got.
“Not that Cespedes is a bad guy, according to sources, so much as someone ‘who marches to his own drumbeat’ and apparently irritated the Mets at times by not taking batting practice, not hustling during games at times and constantly smoking cigarettes between innings.”
Now that is old-school! We know that chewing tobacco is still a thing in MLB, but even that is rapidly declining. Who smokes cigarettes anymore, let alone at an apparently voracious pace?
It’s one thing for a player to smoke a victory cigar, especially an actual Cuban such as Cespedes, but downing butts on a per-inning basis seems noteworthy, and something that teams might be considering, while the 30-year-old slugger waits for a sufficiently lucrative long-term contract offer. Cespedes’ smoking habit, which was already known by some but came as a recent revelation to many, certainly caught the attention of the Internet.
Eventually, some team will pay Cespedes, and quite a bit of money at that. Presumably, that team will be telling itself, “Hey, it didn’t hurt Joe DiMaggio, right?”