J.D. Davis: Walk-off against the Indians + epic postgame interview
Alonso may have had the postgame spotlight on August 5, 2019, but just a couple of weeks later his teammate J.D. Davis would snatch that spotlight away from the Polar Bear for a night. On August 21, the Mets were facing the Cleveland Indians at home, still solidly in contention for a Wild Card spot. In the bottom of the 10th inning, the game was tied at three apiece. The Mets had runners on first and second with two outs. J.D. Davis, who had been a bench player for much of the season but had hit very well at Citi Field, stepped up to the plate.
He grinded out a long at-bat against Indians closer Brad Hand and finally hammered a 3-2 breaking ball into the left field corner for a hit. Michael Conforto scored from second base, and the Mets players poured out of the dugout to celebrate the victory while fans went wild in the stands. It was the first walk-off hit of Davis’s young career, and the biggest hit he’d had in a Mets uniform to date.
Afterward, he had a memorable on-field interview with Gelbs as the newly-crowned “star of the game.” It started with a Gatorade shower and ended with an amped-up message to all Mets fans in attendance. It was, quite frankly, the most exciting postgame interview that I had ever seen from a Mets player.
Mets fans already knew that Davis was a likable guy before this interview, but he truly became “one of us” that day. He gained his New York swagger by raising his volume to a level not often seen in regular season postgame interviews. That memorable interview may have single-handedly led to co-starring on SNY’s web series “The Cookie Club,” alongside another Mets player known for a 2019 walk-off.