This is must-click link material from the New York Times. The story is about Alex Vega, car customizer to the stars. The baseball stars, mostly, though he got the celebrity portion of his business through rappers first. The ballplayers, however, demand the most over-the-top and flamboyant wheels.
Juan Uribe may take the cake. The article details his stretch Mercedes van. Which, yes, is a thing Vegas makes. Think a van limo with couches and TVs in it and stuff. Urbie got one and then Hanley Ramirez did too. Mostly because Uribe and Ramirez are in a competition, apparently, to get the craziest luxury car possible. Not that they’re alone. LOTS of baseball players, starting with Alfonso Soriano several years ago and including a ton of players today, pay Vega big, big bucks to pimp their rides.
Yoenis Cespedes gets extra points for style:
After Cespedes established himself as a star, he bought a Lamborghini Aventador, a car that Vega estimated cost about $400,000. Then Cespedes asked for $75,000 in renovations. Cespedes wanted the car painted satin black with metallic blue accents. He wanted the entire interior redone, a custom wheel design, and for the exhaust to spit fire out of the back.
After he signs a deal with the Nats or the Mets, he’ll be able to move past that relatively entry-level car, one assumes.