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Terry Collins on Yoenis Cespedes’ antics: ‘Fun time is over’


Yoenis Cespedes made a big splash making his first appearances at spring training last week and hasn’t looked back since. But New York Mets skipper Terry Collins appears to be putting the kibosh on any further antics by telling the media that from his perspective, it might be high time to stop with all the tomfoolery and focus on baseball.

After a week of attention centering around what kind of exotic and expensive vehicle Cespedes would drive into the Tradition Field parking lot every morning, it appears the last straw for Collins arrived Tuesday when the slugger and pitcher Noah Syndergaard trotted in demonstrating conveyances showcasing literal horsepower.

“The fun time is over, it’s time to get ready for baseball,” Collins said, via the New York Post.

The rigidly old school manager — who took issue last week with Cespedes wearing his cap backwards — did point out that the slugger has been doing everything asked of him during spring training. But Collins nevertheless believes it’s time to leave the sideshow shenanigans in the rear view mirror.

“I don’t know how to put this politically, but [Cespedes] is just doing this for the fun of it, because [media] gets all stirred up by it,” Collins said. “He does his drills, he works hard, he’s getting ready to play — he’s having a little fun for the time being, but it’s time to get ready for baseball now.

“[Cespedes] is just having a good time and he maybe likes the attention little bit that he’s getting and all the hoopla. But I know one thing: When he’s out there, he’s pretty serious, because he works hard.”

Syndergaard took the credit — or the blame — for the horseback stunt while arguing he intended it to keep things lighthearted.

“We play a game for a living, it’s supposed to be fun,” he said. “Try to keep it light and relaxed — between spring training and the season could be pretty grueling, it’s a grind — so it’s always fun to keep things loose.”

But it looks like Collins is ready to put the kibosh on all of it.