The A's have had their first Champagne shower of the season. It happened Saturday, after Yoenis Céspedes got word via text message that his mother and 11 other relatives had landed safely in Miami, the end of a harrowing yearlong journey that began with their defection from Cuba. Céspedes was ambushed in the clubhouse by A's batboys, who sprayed him with Champagne to celebrate his family's freedom. Céspedes then caught a red-eye to Florida and surprised his kinfolk early Sunday morning. "No one knew I was coming," Céspedes said Tuesday. "Everyone was sleeping, so I turned on all of the radios, all of the TVs. Nobody woke up, so I went upstairs and started knocking on all of the doors and screaming." That side of Céspedes, the giddy screamer, is one that most of us in the Bay Area haven't seen. In his rookie season, Céspedes was very quiet and kept pretty much to himself in the A's clubhouse. Near the end of the season and in the playoffs, he became even more withdrawn, sometimes declining to speak to the media. We didn't know that while he was putting his heart on the line for his team every night, he was also suffering with every scrap of news regarding his relatives' increasingly desperate attempts to join him in America. On Tuesday morning, Céspedes said he was "very happy. So much happiness."
San Francisco Chronicle | Mar 13