What’s on Tap: Media training… a day late.

Mets players and coaches have media training at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

They’ll later hold another day of workouts. Wednesday is photo day.

They play an intrasquad game Thursday, and start their Grapefruit League season Friday at home against the Nationals.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Well, after the situation with Ike Davis and the New York Post, media training comes at a pretty good time. ESPN’s Adam Rubin said Davis and Post reporter Mike Puma had a second argument in the parking lot before leaving for the day yesterday afternoon.

I’m kind of glad this happened. Maybe it gets Ike fired up. I have yet to talk with anyone here in uniform who doesn’t feel his main issue is simply his confidence. Yes, there are mechanical things he can do with his swing, but that’s the case for everyone. However, more than anything, people say he just needs a good stretch of at bats, feeling good and strong again. I’ve noticed him with David Wright a lot, they throw together, hit together, and I wonder if that was by design. In any case, maybe yelling at Puma will help jolt Ike a bit more. Or, I guess it could totally rattle his cage more than it already is… 

14 comments
hankincolo
hankincolo

(Insert your best Suzyn Waldman voice here)


Oh my Gawd, can we please just play some ballgames.


Technically, that should be "may", just saying, but I doubt Suzyn would. Damn, I arose with a streak of meaness today.

Rob DiMartino
Rob DiMartino

Is it just me, or does Ike seem to have some anger issues?  I mean, I like to see players get fired up from time to time but with Ike, it seems like he gets irritated rather easily.  I cannot recall anyone else on the team arguing balls and strikes as much as him..... which I'm sure all the umps take note of. Plus his responses to the media regarding Mets upper management, his struggles and now this.  I'm sure his struggles make all of this even more frustrating, but I'm beginning to believe more and more that his bounceback just can't happen in NY.

Little Kim
Little Kim

Ike and David being together frequently isn't something new to this season.  It's been that way for the past few seasons.  To say they were put together by design is kind of insulting.  David isn't there to babysit Ike, he doesn't need it.  The proof is in any Mets game you go to.  They warm  up, stretch, and throw together every game.  They are in the same BP group.  They sit together in the dugout.  They were constantly photographed together last spring training too.  So to report this as some kind of news, or new phenomenon is inaccurate.  

yikes
yikes

painful to continue to have to hear about ike again this season

nolrog
nolrog

Ike's problems go way beyond confidence.  His mechanics were a complete and utter mess.  Confidence doesn't fix that.

khernanhof
khernanhof

Was about to drive up to experience my first spring training practice, but seeing that it's media training day.  What time does practice open to the public?

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@Rob DiMartino  MY opinion is that he seems to have a sense of entitlement. He's done very little in his career to establish himself as an every day player but yet he seemed to scoff at the idea that he would have been better off in the minor leagues 2 years ago when he was hitting .160 3 months into the season. 


That said I do think he had a point after the Puma story came out. I think he mentioned the oblique being tight for a while last year but stressed that it wasn't the reason he wasn't hitting. I'm surely not his biggest fan but he seemed honestly shocked that Puma created a whole story about it. I think the NY Media is just lazy and not very creative so they play to the lowest common denominator 90% of the time. They thought this made up story was going to get more attention than an honest and informative story would. 

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Rob DiMartino No, it's just you. Everybody's been on his case, for two years, what do you expect? Yes, he's been stupid with umps, but everybody else? He seems like an affable guy.  

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Little Kim Amazing that you noticed that and Matt didn't, hasn't or didn't want to take that into account. He's a blooger looking for something, anything to write. But yes, even a casual fan watching him and David in the dugout could see those two yukking it up in the dugout during games. Let's go Mets!

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@nolrog  agreed. His swing SO FAR looks smoother to me. He's not loading up nearly as much but it's only batting practice so far so who knows. 

Little Kim
Little Kim

@hankincolo I guess in the context of what happened yesterday it looks pretty good to report it that way.  We can all appreciate that everyone is looking for an angle and a story for something to write, but this is just grasping at straws.  For the past few weeks that they've both been in camp, everyone has posted photos of them together and called them inseparable.  Long before this article became an issue.  And honestly, Matt has been around this team long enough to see what I see.  We go to a lot of games in the season, and have traveled to see them too.  I always see David and Ike together.