In a story published last night, Mike Puma of the New York Post wrote that Ike Davis was dealing with an oblique injury for the majority of the 2013 campaign, and that Davis didn’t divulge the seriousness of the injury to Mets personnel. The quotes from Davis that appear in the article aren’t in question. The fact that the article was written at all is.
Feb 20, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis (29) in spring training action at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
This morning in Port St. Lucie, Davis took Puma to task for printing what Davis had thought was a conversation that wouldn’t see the light of day. Said Davis:
"We had talked about it for 20 minutes, I had said basically it’s a pointless story to talk about because it doesn’t matter…it shouldn’t have been a story anyway, because that’s what we talked about before you wrote it was ‘we shouldn’t write this because it doesn’t matter.’ That was nowhere in the article."
Unless someone has a recording of the conversation Ike Davis had with Mike Puma yesterday, no one will know if their conversation was off the record and/or if there was an understanding that it wouldn’t be written about.
Davis isn’t disputing the quotes he gave – he’s irritated that the story was written and the angle Puma took.
Fanning the flames, Puma appeared on the Boomer & Carton show on WFAN after the dispute and took a cheap shot at Davis:
"If he does swing (at me), he might miss."
Puma is likely angry at the situation that’s developed, but responding by taking a shot at a player on the radio is highly unprofessional.
When all is said and done, this whole thing isn’t even new news. It was known last season that Davis had a nagging injury. Davis isn’t the worst person ever for concealing the injury, nor is he a hero for trying to play through it.