The mystifying ineptitude of the New York Mets continues as the 2017 season really just feels like a bad dream.
After winning seven of eight games heading into the holiday break, the Mets have been smacked by the NL East Division-leading Washington Nationals in three-straight games.
Among the disaster that has been embarrassing baseball, puzzling managerial moves and injuries (oh, so many injuries), New York’s marquee name, Yoenis Cespedes, has been dealing with leg and hamstring issues for a majority of the season that has seen him appear in just 39 of the team’s first 83 games.
With timing that can only be experienced by the Mets, this, of course, comes after a winter in which Cespedes inked a four-year, $110 million deal to stay in Queens.
But all hope is not lost Mets fans. The incredible training staff (that is sarcasm) might have found out why Cespedes has been experiencing so many issues with his hamstrings.
He’s not drinking enough water.
Let that sink in for a few moments.
A professional athlete that probably has his diet dissected by all sorts of analysts and doctors, isn’t drinking enough of that thing that human beings require to survive. Obviously, not drinking enough water leaves the body prone to muscle pulls, especially during the summer.
“I didn’t like it,” he told the New York Times. “But now, they’re helping me with Gatorade. At least, that has taste and that way I can drink more water.”
Couldn’t you just envision manager Terry Collins approaching Cespedes in a parental sort of fashion, pleading with him to drink water while the star crosses his arms, shakes his head like a child and simply refuses?
Both Cespedes and Mets management have reportedly been proactive in giving Cespedes enough fluids, but it hasn’t helped. He tweaked his hamstring on the final play of Monday’s loss to Washington and didn’t play Tuesday.
If only there was a staff of people that took real, necessary precautions needed to help players avoid injuries.