Exhibit C: Wilmer Flores
Wilmer Flores is extra grateful the Mets got Yeones Cespedes at the dealine. Had it been
, Flores would be in this picture. Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
In one of the most iconic moments of 2015, Mets backup infielder Wilmer Flores broke down crying on the field after learning he’d been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on July 30. Of course, that deal fell through, and a day later the team shocked everyone by landing Yeonis Cespedes. New York Daily News reporter Joel Sherman wrote an excellent account of the whole trade deadline mess a couple of days ago. Flores is no star, although he is a versatile player who will see plenty of action in the Series because of it. The raw emotion laid bare for everyone to see makes Flores Exhibit C. The 24-year-old was heartbroken to leave the only team he’s ever known. The one that signed him out of Venezuela in 2007. The one that gave him his first taste of the big leagues in 2013. I think we can all agree we’d love to see this kind of reaction from our players. It makes Flores an easy guy to root for.