The Ike Davis era
started tonight and it was like old times in Loge 13 (a.k.a. Ex 307) as
My Dad, Kingman Senior, and I were there with Ron Hunt (misrepresented
as Run Hunt
earlier). Also in attendance: the Bayside Boys. The ghosts
of Shea were smiling upon us indeed as the overlords of old Loge13 came together once again.
And the Mets did not
disappoint to start the home stand. Although the crowd was sparse (I'd
say 30,000 tops), the faithful were thrilled to welcome Ike Davis
. Only David Wright
and Xavier Nady
applause during the intros...and only Nady and Ike deserved them.
As we entered Citi Field's Jackie Robinson rotunda, I
took this photo of the Mets lineup...with Ike's picture in the 6th
I also took some video of Ike's debut at first and his
first hit. Sadly I don't have the cables to download the clips atm so
we'll have to wait to share them together.
Starter Jon Niese pitched a solid
5.2 innings with 7 strikeouts. In the 5th, he got into a bases loaded
jam but struck out two Cubs to escape.
In the bottom of the 5th,
the Mets loaded them up (with Niese contributing a single). Castillo
poked an infield single to give the Mets a lead. Wright then
struck out with the bases loaded
A note on David - he looks just
plain awful at the plate. Kingman Senior wanted me to post this advice to Wright: Stop going out and partying every night. Or start going out if you
aren't. Whatever you're doing now isn't helping.
After the Cubs
tied the score in the 6th, Pagan popped a two run homer in the 7th,
followed by a Bay RBI double.
As for our man Ike, he went 2-4,
with a sharp single in his first at bat and an RBI single in the 7th,
scoring the Mets' 5th run. He also drove one to the warning track
in right in
the 6th inning.
Overall Ike looked good. The kid is big and has poise
on the field and at the plate. Plus he has good theme music: we heard strains of AC-DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long"
and Van Halen's "Panama" as he strode to the plate this evening.
So the bats came alive in Queens tonight
and the 5-8 Mets gave us a glimpse of hope. A nice win without any
contribution from a resting Reyes and a wayward Wright. If those guys
get hot, they might someday grow up to be Ike Davis.