Ike Davis is back in town with the Pirates to play the Yankees this weekend, but of course the New York media could not resist asking him questions about the Mets.
“It’s nice to play for someone that actually wants you or thinks that you can help the team,” he said of the Pirates. “Obviously the Mets thought I could help the team … a couple years [laughs] — ’cause I was there for almost five.”
The Mets did not hide their displeasure with Davis, actively trying to trade him in the off-season and finally pulling the trigger late last month.
“I had one bad season, and they had to make a change. And they traded me away. I don’t really know what else to say about that. It’s nice to be with a team that likes you. I don’t think the Mets hated me… until, you know.”
Ike Davis is making the most of his fresh start, batting .286 with a homer and seven RBIs in 94 at bats with Pittsburgh. While the power is not where Davis would like it, his on-base percentage is .378 and he has only struck out 18 times.
Davis is riding a hot streak; coming into Saturday’s game he was 12 for his last 25. But he started off slowly with the Pirates, and for that, it was nice to be in Pittsburgh rather than New York.
“Over here, I had a stretch where I went like 1-for-20 or something and no one said a word. And I was like, ‘In New York, it would be like the count off in the paper would be like 1-for-19 or 0-for-20.’ It’s been nice.”
Davis said he has no ill feelings towards the Mets.
“I had a great couple years, but I don’t hate them. They’re not really in my focus anymore,” Davis said according to ESPN New York. “I had a great time, I made great friendships, but I’m on the Pirates and there’s not a hatred toward the Mets of, like, vengeance. I’m fine. I’m happy where I’m at.”