Finally, Yoenis Cespedes got to have fun at the ballpark again -- and he enjoyed every second of it.
Signed by the Oakland A's to the biggest contract ever given a Cuban player, Cespedes was able to put the seven months of uncertainty following his defection behind him on Saturday afternoon.
A week after finalizing the four-year, $36 million deal with the A's, Cespedes made his exhibition game debut.
It wasn't quite what A's manager Bob Melvin said he was hoping for on Saturday morning.
"I'd like to see him hit three home runs, steal three bases and rob someone of a home run in center field," Melvin said.
But it wasn't bad.
Facing Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto, Cespedes drew a six-pitch walk, never swinging the bat, in the first inning.
"I was trying to recognize pitches," said Cespedes, who said he was thrown two fastballs among the six pitches.
In the second inning, against Cueto again, he fouled off the first pitch he was...