Back in early January New York Mets first basemen Ike Davis said he was good to go for Spring Training and ready to play. Fortunately for Mets fans, nearly a month later Ike is singing the same song and actually sounds like a man with something to prove. According to Dan Martin of the New York Post, the 24-year-old slugger said:
I have more of a drive and a want this year,” Davis said. “I always had it, but I never really saw the other side, when the game isn’t there.”
Davis was certainly playing like a driven sophomore last season, hitting .302 and belting seven homers before his May collision with David Wright ended his season.
A little extra motivation for Ike can’t hurt, so long as he doesn’t press too hard early on, a danger he seems poised to avoid:
I know to take it slow. I have to get back into the rhythm of playing, but I’ve got plenty of time,” he said. “It’s going to come back.”
Hearing a confident #29 makes me happy, but SEEING a productive #29 will make me even happier. For the sake of the Mets offense, I am holding out hope that Ike can pick up where he left off last year, which will only be possible if he can get a good amount of work in throughout the Spring. Things seem to be pointing in that direction and a rehabbed infield returning to form in Queens may be unlikely, but the potential behind a healthy David Wright, Daniel Murphy, and Ike Davis excites this Mets fan.
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