Jim Breuer dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Thursday to discuss numerous topics, including his beloved Mets.
The Mets, along with the Cubs, were considered the favorites to win the National League this season, but they’re 69-65 and trail the Nationals (78-55) by 9.5 games in the NL East and the Cardinals (70-62) by two games in the NL Wild Card.
Then again, injuries will do that to you. If not for Yoenis Cespedes, who leads the team in batting average (.297), home runs (27), RBIs (68) and OBP (.369), there’s no telling where the Mets would be right now.
“Dude, sign him up now for the next 40 years,” Breuer said on Ferrall on the Bench. “He’s worth (every penny). . . . Cespedes is one of the greatest things to ever happen o the Mets. Ever. I’ve been watching the Mets since ’73.”
Cespedes, who was acquired last season, sparked the Mets to the World Series last season. Yes, the pitching was lights-out, and yes, Daniel Murphy started mashing at the right time, but Cespedes carried the offense for the second half of last season – and for most of this season.
“If you look at Cespedes, Cespedes wants to be a star,” Breuer said. “Every team he’s been on, he wasn’t treated like a star. As soon as he came to the Mets, the fans treated him as a star. And the clubhouse treated him as a star. He never had that star treatment. Now he has it.”
Even though the Mets lost to the Royals in the World Series last year, Breuer will always be thankful for that playoff run.
“I felt like my children grew up,” he said. “It was the greatest thing. I felt like I was seeing wild buffaloes go through the streets of Manhattan. That was so unexpected. We had no right being there. The fact that they made it there and gave us hope – they’re going to be good for a long time. It’s clear they have a good three-to-five-year run.”