Well, yeah, Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes can’t possibly be the only major sportsman who enjoys dining on dead animal flesh. But that’s the only conclusion I can come to after learning The Big Lead sought out a PETA spokesperson for comment following news Cespedes had purchased a prize-winning, $7,000.00 pig and sent his new acquisition to a butcher.

“It’s a shame that Cespedes dropped the ball here and missed the opportunity to send this pig to a sanctuary where he could have lived out his days in peace,” said PETA’s Lisa Lange to The Big Lead’s Kyle Koster, to which I can only wonder, how many of the other sportsmen and women routinely featured by TBL are vegetarians or have done much of anything to ensure livestock are raised with care?

Apparently, the price Cespedes pays for flamboyance (sorry we can’t all be as deadly dull as David Wright) is a hysterical degree of scrutiny. But consider the irony of this 30 year old being taken to task for the murder of one pig, while Fred & Jeff Wilpon have overseen (and wildly profited from) the slaughter of thousands upon thousands of pigs, cows, and possibly horses as well. And that’s to say nothing of the Mets’ long-standing association with the North Shore Animal League. Let he or she who has never devoured a Shake Shack burger (or helped prop up a glorified puppy mill) lecture Yoenis Cespedes about the ethical treatment of animals.