Meet The New Ike Davis; Bunter Extraordinaire

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(John Munson/The Star-Ledger)

Just look at that perfect form and that brilliant execution as Ike Davis lays down a bunt invoking memories of Jackie Robinson, Lou Brock and Ozzie Smith. Such form, such presence, and of course that game-breaking speed….


Yeah, whatever, Davis drove in the run that put the Mets ahead for good last night with an RBI-double in the sixth inning. However, in his post-game clubhouse interview it was his response to his bunt that drew my attention.

Here’s how CBS Sports segued into it this morning:

It’s a common thought among baseball fans: Why not try to bunt against the infield shift? The defense is inviting it, right? After all, there’s that huge hole toward third base.

Well, Mets first baseman Ike Davis attempted to bunt for a hit Tuesday in the second inning at Citi Field. And he was booed — relentlessly.

“The crowd gets on me no matter what,” Davis said after New York’s 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. “If I take a strike, it’s a boo. So it really doesn’t matter. It’s a smart attempt. I just didn’t execute the bunt.”

Davis pushed his first bunt attempt foul. His second try went right back to Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen for an easy out.

“I’m going to do it more often,” Davis said. “I get out a lot anyways so might as well give it a try. If I get it down in the right spot, it’s a hit. I’m going to definitely try to do that more often…The boos don’t really affect me.”

Back that bad-boy up…

I get out a lot anyways so might as well give it a try?

Such confidence… such bravado… such swagger, such…


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