For the first time since late November, Ike Davis has spoken out. In an article from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Davis remains loyal to the Mets despite an offseason full of enough trade rumors to warrant some sort of resentment.
Davis had the following to say when asked about the potential of remaining with the Mets:
"I want to go back. I want to have another chance. I want to win with the Mets. I have wanted to stay. I don't want to leave on this kind of note. I have roots here, with the only team I have ever known. It's something that a player dreams about, staying with the only team you have ever known."
When asked if he felt disrespected by the rampant trade rumors this winter:
"I don't want to say disrespected, but it has probably been talked about more than it should have been. Unless something is actually about to happen, I don't think it should be publicly talked about. It's not disrespectful. It's just open a little too much."
If you were looking for some sort of juicy answer from the struggling slugger, we're clearly not going to get it. At least not yet... Davis has every right to be upset and whether he wants to admit it or not, I'm sure he will enter camp with quite a chip on his shoulder if he does indeed report to spring training next month.
Perhaps this is what he needed. The past two seasons have seen him resistant to making adjustments and change in general. Some have questioned his attitude. Perhaps being pushed to the brink of losing what he calls, "the only team I have ever known", will be the kick in the ass he needs. One thing remains certain, he has his work cut out for him if he is going to win back the approval of the franchise and its fans. Not saying the wrong things here is a good start, but Davis has a long way to go.