“I think that’s why the Mets have really screwed up in that situation — because they’ve publicly done it so much, it’s saying to my son, ‘Hey, we don’t want you anymore.’ Now, with Milwaukee getting Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay and this guy, now they’re backing themselves into a corner. They’re in a situation like, ‘Well, heck, we may have to keep him now.’
The elder Davis says his son understands it’s all business.
“Like his best friend, Justin Turner, they don’t even tender him a contract. And so it’s like, ‘OK,’ he learned the business quick.”
Ron Davis also blamed Citi Field for Ike’s problems.
“The ballpark needs a fresh start,” Ron Davis said. “You take Fred Lynn. If he would have stayed in Fenway, he probably would have been a Hall of Famer. … And now he went to Anaheim and what happened? They were pop-ups. Outs.
“So the bottom line is: Right field [at Citi Field], the wind coming out of that tunnel, and being so far, that’s a bad ballpark for a left-handed hitter…I didn’t realize until I got out of the game and until Ike started playing that the ballpark can make you an All-Star or a Hall of Famer.”
Come on, Ron… Blaming Citi Field is so 2010…
I will agree with Ron Davis in that the Mets did a poor job of constantly going on and on and on about trading Ike. So many leaks, interviews, pressers, chatter, buzz, etc. I was so sick and tired of writing about it every time there was something new to report. It was way too public. And I don’t care that Ike is now saying all the right things, that had to be a total mind trip.
That said, I’m thinking that Ike probably wishes his father had just kept his mouth shut tonight, but that’s just me… what do you think?