NEW YORK — Ike Davis mostly played out down the significance of his or her return to Citi Field for the first time since Mets traded him to the Pirates last month, but in a pregame choosing nearly two dozen members of the revolutionary York and Pittsburgh media, the hot-hitting first baseman made clear what he expected Monday afternoon.
Im assuming its going to be a lot of boos, Davis mentioned, a prediction that turned out wrong. But who knows?
Its weird. I have never been to the other side.
Pittsburgh received Davis from the Mets on April 20 in a deal that helped both teams — it included a quality bat to the core of the Pirates lineup and permitted the Mets to put Lucas Duda at first base full time. Given the hoopla surrounding the pair before the trade, as well as Mondays series opener representing initially Davis is back at his outdated home, it was a natural possible opportunity to take stock of the last five-plus weeks.
For Davis, the progres has been nothing but positive. He / she tweaked his offensive tactic — he now bends his leg less than he did formerly — and is hitting .303 since enrolling in the Pirates entering Saturday. Davis new teammates accepted him quickly, he said, and manager Clint Difficulty recently started slotting him within the No. 4 spot, wherever Davis is a .318 hitter this season.
He even offers an easier time in public.
Going to get java, I dont get hitting guidelines, Davis half-joked. I dont know if thats a great or bad thing. But I wont need to think about my stance on 9 in the morning.
Yes, Davis explained, he really did get instruction via fans in the Big Apple.
I likely shouldve listened to more of all of them, Davis said.
Hurdle was self-assured Davis didnt harbor any hard feelings against the Mets, and Davis guaranteed that up.
It all depends on the person, and most of those [feelings] are because individuals have rocks in their footwear still, Hurdle stated. I think he dumped their shoes out when he came. We encouraged him to do that.
That the Mets picked Duda over him or her doesnt matter much to Davis.
Thats life, said Davis with a giggle. The Pirates like me.