Darin Ruf and J.D. Davis will forever be connected the same way you can’t think about Mike Piazza without the thought of Ed Yarnall coming up. Well, maybe you can. But because the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants recently swapped Davis and three minor leaguers for Ruf, the pair have a bond in the sports talk world.
Every Davis dinger, Mets fans will notice. Every rough Ruf at-bat, it’s going to get compared to what Davis is doing for the Giants.
It’s your new least favorite comparison. Ruf and Davis are forever linked and we’re never going to hear the end of it.
NY Mets fans will grow sick of the 2022 trade deadline results even if everything works out well
It goes deeper than Ruf and Davis in this particular trade. If Carson Seymour turns out to be a stud and the Mets never win a thing with Ruf, prepare for some madness.
The 2022 trade deadline deals the Mets made included plenty of questionable transactions. The Mychal Givens and Tyler Naquin trades were much lesser. If you knew the prospects dealt in those deals, you probably also have a child named Rumble Pony.
The Daniel Vogelbach for Colin Holderman trade will definitely take a grind on fans and already has. Each outing from Holderman will lead to certain Mets fans pointing at Vogelbach’s performance. Fortunately, they’re two entirely different players and Vogelbach just showing up to the ballpark is worth the price of admission.
How can you really compare a left-handed slugging platoon player and a reliever? It's a bit of a stretch.
Ruf for Davis+ is different. They are way too similar for us to resist making comparisons. Ruf has taken over the exact role Davis was meant to have. Younger as well, we can only hope he stays in the National League West so we don’t have to hear or see him as much. Whether he’s succeeding or failing, he’s no longer a member of the Mets. But it’ll be too tempting to not look at what he’s up to. What if the 2019 version of him comes out permanently?
There is one way to thwart this. A championship is a cure-all for any negative thoughts. Winning with or without Ruf as a major contributor can help those hot takes become a little lukewarm.
Nonetheless, the side-by-side comparisons are now a part of Mets history and not going away anytime soon. Let’s just hope we’re the winners sooner rather than later. Ruf drunk at a championship parade he helped reward the fans with is all it will take.