Back in 2012 an unnamed Mets official told Adam Rubin that the team was concerned with Ike Davis being out too late after games and not taking instruction. Davis was mad about this at the time, saying that he had never had an issue with staying out late, never missed a game or a workout and that such claims were unfair and didn’t make sense.
He’s still not happy about it, telling Andy Martino that it still leaves a “dirty taste” in his mouth:
“That’s really the only thing that I still have a dirty taste in my mouth about. Because everything else, you could see it in numbers. What, am I going to argue? I didn’t play well. But as far as calling me out for drinking problems, and being a bad influence — that was a joke. It’s ridiculous. But you can use it as a learning experience: You can’t trust people.”
He says the perception followed him to Pittsburgh where Clint Hurdle asked him about it and told him that the Pirates were concerned. His new manager, Bob Melvin, says he has no concerns, however, so it appears that whatever effects that Mets’ official’s comments had have faded away.