Wearing a chain or any kind of expensive jewelry while playing any kind of professional sport is a dangerous proposition. The physicality of any pro sport, even baseball, means there’s the chance that something disastrous may happen — or, in football, Aqib Talib might make a habit out of snatching your chain.
You pretty regularly see guys in gold chains, but a diamond-encrusted chain is far more rare and leaves a much greater risk of something terrible happening. New York Mets star Yoenis Cespedes has taken that risk, but on Wednesday night, his luck ran out on a double against the Atlanta Braves.
Cespedes slid into second base safely for a double in the first inning, but as he dusted himself off, he realized something awful had happened as the diamonds from his necklace were scattered about the infield.
The moment of realization from Cespedes in that video is painful, as the anger and frustration leads him to spiking his now broken necklace on the ground. Luckily, his teammate Asdrubal Cabrera is a good friend and spent the between-inning break picking up the loose diamonds and broken pieces of necklace.
There’s no telling exactly how much Cespedes’ chain cost, but you can be assured he paid a fairly sizable sum for it and will have to deal with that lost cost to get another one. I’d be surprised if he returns to the field with any diamonds on his chain in the future, but maybe he’ll want to keep on shining and won’t be deterred by this setback.