By Sam Page
March 01, 2016

Cespedes's barn

​In previous installments of this feature, I told you about the exotic cars Mets centerfielder Yoenis Cespedes drove to spring training, including his Alfa Romeo, tricked-out Jeep, and Polaris Slingshot. Well today he showed up to camp on something a little more old school:

This arrival comes just days after Cespedes attended a local county fair and bought a prize pig. Who knows what animal he'll have in tow tomorrow. 

Zuuuuuuuc helps him get a daaaaaaaaate

Vinny Mutone of Connetquot High School has Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello to thank for his prom date. Catherine De Pinho said yes on the condition that Vinny get a stick from his favorite player. That'll be one to show their grandkids.

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer dunks

Tennis ball dogs

Shelter dogs served as the interim ball boys/girls at a Brazil Open exhibition match this week. The four dogs, Frida, Mel, Isabelle and Costela, got the jobs as an attempt to raise awareness for shelter animals. As you can see in the video, the only problem was getting the balls back. 

Brett Phillips can't stop laughing during picture day...

...which reminds me of Jason Spezza for some reason

This is one great pickoff move

Today's Peanuts

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Just two days after the Golden State Warriors became the fastest team to ever clinch a playoff berth, the Philadelphia 76ers were eliminated from playoff contention.

With a 116–108 loss to the Washington Wizards on Monday night, the 76ers fell to 8–51 and assured a fourth straight season without a postseason berth.

The team last appeared in the postseason under coach Doug Collins after the 2011–12 season, falling to the Boston Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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The Sixers have gone a combined 45–178 since the start of the 2013–14 season.

– Kenny Ducey

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The Kansas City Royals have reached a five-year, $52.5 million contract extension with catcher Salvador Perez, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Perez, 25, is now under contract with the Royals for six years. With the new deal, he is guaranteed three option years and $36 million, and won’t be eligible for free agency until 2021 when he is 31 years old.

Perez, who was the 2015 World Series MVP, was signed by the Royals as an amateur free agent in 2006 and made his MLB debut in 2011. He is a career .279 hitter with 65 home runs, as well as a three-time All-Star.

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The Royals open play in spring training on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers.

 

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