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Ike Davis had an injury in 2013, disputes need for printing story

Mets 1B Ike Davis concealed an oblique injury from the team for most of last season, the New York Post reported.

Davis later ripped in to the reporter, New York Post’s Mike Puma, disputing its accuracy…


8:58 am: “If Ike Davis took a swing at me, he might miss,” Puma later told WFAN during a phone interview.


8:30 am: This morning, Davis argued with reporters from his locker about the accuracy of Puma’s report.

“We talked for 20 minutes, I said it’s a basically pointless story,” Davis said directly to Puma. “You made it look like it was an excuse. … That’s what we talked about before you wrote it, that you shouldn’t write this because it doesn’t matter. But, that was nowhere in the article.”

Davis said he told Puma that every player has injuries, so it was a pointless story, which Puma agreed with during their original conversation.

“I sucked last year because I sucked, not because I had an injury,” Davis said, insisting he will never do one-on-one interviews again, only group sessions. “I never once made an excuse that my oblique hurt.”

Here’s audio of Ike’s talk with reporters about the accuracy and motivation of the story:

According to eyewitnesses, before his rant, Davis, David Wright and two others sat at a table with Puma and the team’s media director, arguing about the story. Davis then got up, went to his locker and started a full media scrum with other reporters, resulting in the above audio.


7:37 am: Davis concealed an oblique injury from the Mets for most of last season, according to the New York Post’s Mike Puma.

According to the report, he didn’t tell the team because he was struggling and didn’t want to surrender his spot in the lineup.

“I thought about saying, ‘Hey, I would like to take a couple of weeks off, because I’m not feeling great,’” Davis said. “But then the timing was bad and it was when I was getting sent down. It would have been a great time, but it looks bad and I just can’t say that. … It looks like I’m whining about how I [stunk]. I was terrible, now it’s over.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Yikes. Well, that’s not going to help him stick around. He says he wants to be on the team, and I believe him. Terry Collins keeps raving about his swing and how he looks in camp. But, I’m sure the Mets could trade him today if they wanted, so long as they lower their asking price…

I’m sure this will be addressed with Ike, since it’s the root cause of a lot of previous injuries and bad stories the team has had to deal with in past seasons with other players.

162 comments
Carl Henry
Carl Henry

Watch him hit 50 hr this season now

Manny Rutledge
Manny Rutledge

Same old story with this guy. The guy can't hit for beans

Jerry
Jerry

Ike talking about players (himself included) having nagging injuries or always hurting to some extent  brought back memories of a piece that Bobby Ojeda wrote for the NYTimes in 2012, playing through pain. I recommend the article. In the piece Ojeda tells of his persistent arm pain even from a young age. A personal insight of playing through pain; he opens: "I’d lived with pain in my left arm since I was 12, when my dad would have me ice it after a Little League outing... For more than three decades, whether in Little League or the minor leagues or Fenway Park in Boston, there was pain." 

Salvatore Vassallo
Salvatore Vassallo

Respect for not making excuses, plus an oblique injury is tough to play through, the mets need him badly

eric88
eric88

Sorry, 

Don't bye it. He said, he needed to report around the time when he was being sent down. By than he was awful for 3 months already. I think it came out now because he feels the Mets will lower their price and move him. He probably felt that if they knew he was injured they may give him the benefit of the doubt and keep him.      

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Ike never came across as guarded or fake in his time as a Met (just ask the umpires!). As a reporter, your job is to present the facts. EVERY ONE. To cherry-pick your favorites because it makes your story more controversial is highly unethical, and in turn ruins your reputation and your publication's (not that I think that was an issue in this case, knowing who wrote it). For Ike now to become guarded and decline one-on-one interviews is awful for baseball and for sports journalism, as well as fans. This is a shame because it's yet another example people can use to why they hate journalists and think they are all lying sensationalists, which just isn't true. Just a sad day... And this is all coming from someone with aspirations to become a sports reporter on day. I just hate to see this.

Brian Samples
Brian Samples

Gotta respect the guy for manning up and not making excuses. Always liked Ike, but please....show what you're worth this season!

Nick Camacho
Nick Camacho

At least he admits it. I have a whole new look on ike davis now. Still would like a better first basemen though

Diane Rhodes
Diane Rhodes

That was then and this is now, let him prove his worth this seaon.

methead
methead

Give Ike a break people.  Stop riding him like he stole your first born child.  Find a new target for your frustrations.  Its gotten pretty pathetic.


No matter what he does or says, it will be spun.  He goes out and says he sucked last year because he sucked.  Yet we spin it anyway.  The reporter KNOWS the fan base and probably took the story ran with it knowing it would get attention.  Its what a reporter does....looks for that big story or the spotlight.  


Move on.  No story here.  


Hows those young pitching prospects coming along?

Nick Vasica
Nick Vasica

Ike has sucked since he collided with David Wright and injured his ankle. That was almost three years ago. Enough already. No team wanted you so Mets are stuck with you. Go to a shrink Ike and work out your issues or retire early like your father did and get another career.

Michael Kane
Michael Kane

Let Duda step in and put Ike on the road and be done with him. He will be the same mosquito swatter he was in the past. Can't stand seeing him walk to the plate!

Tim Jackson
Tim Jackson

Ike is a big key to our possible success this season, we need him to be right!

Anne Barber
Anne Barber

I love how these guys think they're doing everyone a favor by playing hurt.

Erik Smith
Erik Smith

and also there wasnt much of an interest from other teams. i think the Orioles offered a bag of sunflower seeds.

Jeff Robelen
Jeff Robelen

I think he has got to know this by now. I assume they're only keeping him for his glove, and the lack of a consistent bat to replace him.

Rob Steven
Rob Steven

Ike has to go, enough with all these excuses. He is a joke and a horrible player who for some reason feels he is entitled. Maybe he can go crying to Jeff again to keep his place on the roster, I think even Jeff might not be stupid enough to put up with Ike's moaning and sulking much longer. One can only hope.

Robert Wohner
Robert Wohner

I would rather Bobby Bonilla start at 1st Opening Day than Ike Davis. At least BB will suck and we never have to think about him again. Waiting for Ike Davis to suddenly emerge into this legitimate power threat is holding the team back. 

hashburry
hashburry

It was a story.  He wasn't misquoted.  Lots of players hide injuries.  Puma never says in the story that it was an excuse. 

More importantly, if it was a cause of Ike's lack of production, then frankly it may bee a good thing.

If Alderson, et al. have a problem with this and think it is some kind of bad PR for the Mets, they are bigger idiots.  Alderson has been the king of bringing in bad eggs because it lowers their asking price.  See most of his bullpen signings the last couple of years.

Regarding Ike's response, it really wasn't warranted.  I would bet any psychologist will tell you he was dying to make his injury known, and finally spoke about it.  Why else would you tell a reporter?

At the end of the day, if Ike hits, all is forgotten.

The Mets brass is too sensitive to nonsense at this point.

eric88
eric88

I have no opinion on the Puma & Ike thing, I was not there so who knows. W hat I do Know is I want this Guy off the team ASAP. I have  watched him self destruct at least the first 2/12 months of the last two seasons with the ugliest swings I have seen In all my years. Plus while he's stinking up the joint and costing us games, he yucks it up with every single player from the other team that gets to 1B. Not a NY player. Doesn't display the tuffness needed.

Justin Casale
Justin Casale

I like the fact that this story came out and now Davis isn't making excuses. He's a true gamer and I believe he will put it all together this year. If we trade him, WE WILL regret it. He can't bring back anything that is near the same value as his potential. I'd rather see what he can do than trade him for a Frank Fransico type of player.

hankincolo
hankincolo

This just in, 60 percent of us went to work today, with either a tummy ache, a headache, or a papercut. Either of those ailments could turn into something more serious, but somehow, those people hung tough and managed to do their jobs. 

imPULSEivity
imPULSEivity

@mommapulse I didn't think Puma put him in that light.. But I guess he took it the wrong way. As long as he's healthy.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Actually Mike Puma, if Ike took a swing at you and did hit you, he might put you in the hospital. That was a totally stupid thing for Puma to say on the radio. Very unprofessional.

Brandon Lee
Brandon Lee

First off, the New York Post is the worst ever. 

Second off, I like Ike more after this. He didn't want his injury to be an excuse for his bad performance. He wanted to man up and say it was his fault and that he sucked, and not take the easy way out saying that he was playing hurt. Baseball is over a 5 month sport. You'll get hurt, you'll get injuries. Some you work through, some you can't. Ike fault this wasn't effecting him in anyway, so it's a non-story. He told Mike Puma that it wasn't a story and he didn't write that. Mike Puma is the one that looks bad here, not Ike. 

Glorious Gavin
Glorious Gavin

If Ike Davis took a swing at Puma, he would wake up in the ER.

SeaverBeliever41
SeaverBeliever41

What aren't you buying? He said it wasn't the reason that he sucked.

openmind6
openmind6

And the Wilpon's NEED to sell the team. Doesn't mean it's going to happen though.

SeaverBeliever41
SeaverBeliever41

A horrible player that just so happened to lead the team in HRs and RBis the year before last.

helloboy
helloboy

@hashburry  And when Ike continues to suck and not hit, more people will still want to defend him and give another chance for unknown reasons.

SeaverBeliever41
SeaverBeliever41

Ridiculous statement. Most first baseman talk to the opposition.

zoddie
zoddie

@eric88 Yeah, Keith Hernandez and John Olerud never talked to ANY of the opposing players at first base!


Ohh, wait.

hashburry
hashburry

@Brandon Lee  Puma never said Ike used it as an excuse.  He actually said Ike wasn't using it as an excuse.  However, Ike did bring it up, so it is hard to believe he didn't want it out there.  And as far as Puma's comment about Ike swinging at him, it was childish, but ballplayers constantly say things to reporters that they later dispute or complain about because they too can be coddled children.  It is a symbiotic relationship that players love and hate.  Puma doesn't look bad, he reported what he was told.  It absolutely is a story, no matter what Ike says.  He was so busy qualifying it because once he said it, he knew how it would sound.  He wasn't misquoted.

SeaverBeliever41
SeaverBeliever41

You might as well complain about the weather because it won't change either.

Rob Steven
Rob Steven

@SeaverBeliever41 I would not be so proud of that, we have been a horrible team with Ike, we can be one without him. Year after year, excuses, excuses. He said it himself "I sucked". Let him suck on another team.

SeaverBeliever41
SeaverBeliever41

And if he does hit all those that wanted him gone will be back on the bandwagon. If they trade him and he hits for that team those same Mets fans will be irate that they traded him. Damned if they do and damned if they don't.