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Mets get creative for Players Weekend opener

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WASHINGTON -- Like every team around the Majors, the Mets have a chance to show off their creativity during Players Weekend.

Whether it's Yoenis Cespedes' custom neon green cleats with his nickname emblazoned on them, the plethora of unconventional bat colors, the bright orange hats or the unique monikers allowed to be placed on the back of jerseys, it seems Major League Baseball's inaugural celebration is a hit inside New York's clubhouse.

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WASHINGTON -- Like every team around the Majors, the Mets have a chance to show off their creativity during Players Weekend.

Whether it's Yoenis Cespedes' custom neon green cleats with his nickname emblazoned on them, the plethora of unconventional bat colors, the bright orange hats or the unique monikers allowed to be placed on the back of jerseys, it seems Major League Baseball's inaugural celebration is a hit inside New York's clubhouse.

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Tweet from @Mets: Some of the organizations our players will be supporting during BP today. #Mets #PlayersWeekend pic.twitter.com/UhMq0dq3ji

"I love it," veteran infielder Jose Reyes said. "It's good that people can know the nickname that we have. I think that's very cool."

Players Weekend gear available at MLBShop.com

MLB began the new tradition this season to give players three days to express themselves through uniforms and gear. Additionally, players wear "Thank You" patches that allow them to acknowledge those who helped them get to the Majors (many Mets wrote in members of their family on theirs).

Tweet from @Josh_Smoker: Kicking of #PlayersWeekend with a thank you to the people who helped get me to where I am today. Don't forget where you come from. pic.twitter.com/YkZbfpghjl

Through the display of expression and individuality, MLB's hope is that its fans can see a more colorful side of the players.

"It's very important for the fans that they can know what we have behind our real name," Reyes said. "They can know a little bit of the story that we have behind our nickname, so I think that's very cool for MLB to do that."

Tweet from @Mets: It���s #PlayersWeekend! Check out the nicknames our guys chose and their thoughts on the weekend. pic.twitter.com/OAfD31irMk

The Mets have no shortage of fun nicknames. A small sampling: Right-handed starter Seth Lugo went with "Quarterrican," while rookie Chris Flexen chose "Big Baby" and catcher Travis d'Arnaud opted for "Lil D."

Tweet from @seth_lugo: Remember the name! #Playersweekend pic.twitter.com/DGmt3Tj8Yy

Reyes, who began Players Weekend nearing the end of his 10-day disabled-list stint, had his "La Melaza" jersey hanging up before Friday's series opener vs. the Nationals.

"It kind of means 'sweet,' like honey," Reyes said with a smile. "So they called me that in my town since I was a little kid. They say that I was a little bit smooth, so they call me 'La Melaza.'"

Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington.

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