Ike Davis 12 (Baron)

Ike’s dad says Mets screwed up

Ike Davis’s father, Ron, thinks the Mets mishandled his son by speaking publicly about trade rumors this winter (New York PostNewsday).

“I think that’s why the Mets have really screwed up in that situation, because they’ve publicly done it so much,” Ron Davis said, who pitched 11 seasons in the big leagues. “It’s saying to my son, ‘Hey, we don’t want you anymore.’”

In the event the Mets don’t want Davis on the Opening Day roster, he can still be sent to Triple-A to start 2014 since he still has an option and would not need to pass through waivers (Rubin, Jan. 21).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Look, Ike, buddy… if you feel disrespected, get over it. It’s a business. You’re a professional and success is the best revenge. So, hit Tradition Field like a raging bull, start 2014 strong and finish it strong, hit 30 home runs, have fun and everyone wins. You win. The Mets win. The fans win. And we will all forget the struggles, trade rumors and helicopter comments from our parents…



154 comments
Jav Nunez
Jav Nunez

They did screw up but no excuses ike needs to perform this yr n i believe the mets should have a better hittin coach cus ike has alot of flaws in his swing

steve333
steve333

His father's right. You don't see teams talking down their own players, especially when they're trying to get something ofr him in a trade

chasesimms
chasesimms

Hey, Ike's dad.  Your son screwed up.  He sucked, yet still walked around with an arrogant attitude.   You should stop talking.  You're making your son out to look even worse than he already does.  



Bill Russell
Bill Russell

Glad to see most of the comments disagree with Matt's comments. But I am not surprised that the Met fans are the most loyal than the media and perhaps management.  Too bad management does not show a little of the same loyalty we show to the Mets. After all, what kind of person would choose the Mets over the Yankees as a team to follow and route for unless there was some loyalty.  I don't like players being bad mouthed in public even when they have a bad year. It all about winning and losing with class, i.e., Casey Stangle, Joe Torre. 

Bill Russell
Bill Russell

Cerrone is wrong and bad judgment on management trying to make Ike a scapegoat on another subpar season. I am a Met fan for life and I thought he was disrespected and it does not help his mental attitude or confidence in himself. 

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Aww Ike has his dad sticking up for him. How cute.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Ron Davis knows how to play the game.  He is finding excuses for his son when he inevitably under performs again, and is released.

Anthony Giammattei
Anthony Giammattei

Jeepers Matt, if only you were as tough on the Mets ownership and management as you are on their individual players.  What, management and ownership deserve patients and forgiveness, but players don't?  It's my personal opinion that a big part of the Mets problem is the disrespect ownership and management have for their players, and Ike is just another in a long line of many who have expressed that. Except for David Wright, that is.

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

"Its like saying to my son, 'Hey we don't want you anymore.'"  We don't

Jeffrey Kubinak
Jeffrey Kubinak

Ike was treated badly from a team that cannot afford to treat people badly - the mets are a scarey bad organization - and its shameful what they are spending next to the yankees in NYC - lifelong mets fan here - but i have to be honest

cver
cver

I think both everything Ron Davis said and what Matthew said is true.  That said, I'm a bit surprised that Matthew didn't also comment about how badly the Mets handled this.  If there is even a remote chance that you are going to have to keep this guy or want to keep this guy, you probably shouldn't be screaming it from the rooftops.  And they haven't really worked this offseason with helping him get back on track either.

yikes
yikes

they screwed up by not trading him for a bag of balls

archer41
archer41

Could have been handled better by the Mets, but I do think they were trying to light a fire under Ike, which he seems to need.  Plus, he hasn't done enough where he's beyond criticism.  At best, he's been OK.  Like most teams, the Mets need their first round picks to produced and Ike has only done that sporadically.  Still, I don't understand the team infatuation with Duda, who's horrible.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

The Mets completely shot themselves in the foot with the way they handled David and Tejada....who will end up being starters.  It's one thing to light a fire under someone's butt or bring in competition for their spot to get them going, but the way they did it was extremely unprofessional as they were left at the alter by players signing with other teams and GM's that balked at the Mets' offerings.  I don't agree with Ike's daddy sticking up for him, and I bet he sighed/shook his head when he found out that his dad did, but the Mets, once again have no clue when it comes to PR and you wonder how Jay Horowitz has had his job for so long...

krayzie
krayzie

Matt, this comment was from Ike's father, not Ike. Even if Ike feels disrespected I highly, highly doubt he gave Ron the okay to make these comments. Ike knows he brought this on himself and is handling everything  fine. This is just a pissed off Dad who couldn't help himself. 

joebloe
joebloe

How are all of you missing his point so much? He's not complaining about Ike being on the trade block...he's simply stating that they screwed up their own leverage in negotiations by letting everyone know they wanted to trade him...c'mon Cerrone your totally off-base on this, you address Ike and he didn't even say anything! 

dabo
dabo

Well said Matt!  

If Ike's father had Ike's best interest in mind he would sit him down and show him how terrible he looks at the plate.  Then go outside in Arizona and throw some breaking balls to Ike and teach him how to hit said breaking balls.  At Ike's age it is time for daddy to stop acting like an irrational little league father and get his son back to reality.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

We can all probably concede that the mets screw up a lot of things, organizationally, sure. Does that mean it's professional to have a relative criticize the company your with, or even left? I'd think mostly not.

Sidd
Sidd

Sorry, Matt - the public offering of Ike Davis was unprofessional and the Mets front office should be ashamed.  So, too, the public lack of confidence in Tejada then the reversal of support for him was equally shameful.  For that matter, YOU should be ashamed for the way you covered the Ike situation with innuendo and supposition.  We know some of our guys aren't great, but hey - we all root for the Mets - it comes with the territory most of the time.  My own position is that as long as a guy wears orange and blue I will root FOR him, not against him.  You have had a personal vendetta to push Ike out the door, and as illogical as you are as the blog spokesperson of the club, I find your public disdain for Ike Davis to be disgusting.


I hate to say this because he was a Yankee, but in this instance I stand with Ron Davis.

Richard Stevenson
Richard Stevenson

Ike brought all of that on himself and his of all people knows it.

elsid1986
elsid1986

@cver You are surprised that Matthew didn't comment how badly the Mets handled this?  Really?  

zoddie
zoddie

@archer41 Because Duda hasn't been horrible?  Where do you get that from?

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

@John Paul CullinaneYes Ike is in his late 20's. Can you imagine his dad sticking up for him if he were 27 and a plumber or electrician? He's be a laughing stock. A big baby. He's a grown man and should fight his own battles

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@joebloe The validity of the criticism isn't nullified by the conflict of interest, in that Davis is his son. Maybe Ike has his loyalists in the organization and this was a way to screw up the trade, keeping Davis here. Maybe elements inside the mets aren't exactly "committed" to winning, so they want the situation handled badly. Ike's father is advocating for his son, on some level regardless, and it's not exactly appropriate or professional at this point in time.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@joebloe I agree with you Joeblow...also, the word is, "you're", not your.

Ziggy Jones
Ziggy Jones

@joebloe i agree, and i think ron's trying to say they're damaging ike's chances (mentally) of having a bounce back year. It's one thing to say we might trade this guy or he's on the block, but the mets basically said they didn't want this guy anymore. Remember the headlines from november/december that read "Ike won't be on mets by end of winter meetings?"


those are the types of things he is talking about

zoddie
zoddie

@daboWhat in the world are you talking about?  What about hitting is Ike Davis going to learn from his 58-year-old former MIDDLE RELIEF PITCHER father?  Do you not think Ike spends hundreds of hours studying tape?  Why do you think he changed his batting stance 5215 times over the past two years?

hankincolo
hankincolo

@dabo At Ron's age, his old pitching arm might not be able to chuck a curveball. The better question to ask Ike is this, what have you been doing to get ready to defend your last shot as the Mets firstbasemen?

Shawn Rosen
Shawn Rosen

@sydd Lets start a petition. I mean I would like them to clean house. From what I know, the love Cerrone because his stupidity and lack of journalism causes people to come back time and time again and abuse him through here. They don't about us or our opinions. They care about money. The more clicks this website gets, the more money they get for advertising. It's disgustingly frustrating. I remember when Ike was loved by this clown. Now he wants him out. The only writer I would keep is Baron. At least he gives somewhat of an analysis and is not totally biased to the organization. 

joebloe
joebloe

@cmetsfan Do you have inside knowledge of Ike telling his dad to do this? Please share.

Shawn Rosen
Shawn Rosen

@sydd THANK YOU !!!!! please read my exact thoughts a little below this. Cerrone just looks for ratings. He loves being hated. You are a true, smart met fan. 

The Boy On Fire
The Boy On Fire

I'm sure Ike asked his dad to comment publicly on hi behalf...

dabo
dabo

@zoddie @dabo yes but when something doesn't work you change.  His changes have been slight at best.  Still feet way to far apart, crouched not athletic at all just stiff.  Do this replicate his stance and try to hit off a tee and then post your results.  No more slight changes time for a major overhaul.

dabo
dabo

@hankincolo @dabo agreed if he hasn't been working on his weaknesses then bury him in the minors.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

My comment does not say Ike told his dad to do that. My comment is expressing that Ron Davis is putting Ike in an awkward spot professionally, and I'm not sure Ike is aware of it or not, or what his reaction or thoughts about it are. However, my criticism is about the downside of Ron Davis's actions. 

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Shawn Rosen@sydd Actually, I think it's called, page clicks. My guess is he loves to generate reactions, good, bad or indifferent, as long as people keep coming back. Or, as the saying goes, "I don't care what you say about me, as long as you spell my name correctly."

Ziggy Jones
Ziggy Jones

@joebloe @hankincolo someone recently posted a link to his personal blog that had a video of him on how to get page views for your blog and that was essentially it. Not about the content, just the reaction

joebloe
joebloe

@hankincolo Cerrone is a shameful sellout, he's not even good at putting up a facade . Complete puppet with no knowledge of the game or the Mets.