Mets 1B Davis responds to report about nightlife

Associated Press Modified: September 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm •  Published: September 18, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Ike Davis has no idea what all the fuss is about.

The New York Mets' first baseman responded Tuesday to an ESPNNewYork.com report that said, citing an anonymous baseball source, the team will consider trading him this offseason in part because of concerns that he's resistant to coaching and stays out too late.

"I don't really have an answer for that because it's never been an issue. I've never done anything wrong," Davis told reporters. "I show up to the field ready to play every day. I really don't even know where it's coming from and it's not really true."

Davis said he's never had a meeting with the Mets about his nightlife, and the criticism came "out of the blue."

"It's hard to answer questions when no one can say who it was or why they even said it," Davis explained. "I don't know if it's a cheap shot. It's falsely accused, I guess. But it just comes out of nowhere and it happens to athletes like this. A rumor, or something said, and it's blown out of proportion, so you really can't do anything about it."

Mets manager Terry Collins defended Davis, saying there's no way he could have played 141 games already this season if he was partying too hard all the time.

Collins hinted that such behavior was more common in baseball 20 years ago — before there was testing for amphetamines — but now players can't simply "fix it" if they're tired or have a hangover.

"There's not a coach in that office, not the manager, the front office, that has ever brought up a problem with Ike Davis," Collins said. "So that is as far from the truth as anything I've ever read.

"I just want to make sure everybody understands — we're behind Ike Davis 100 percent. I don't want this to ever be a defamation on his character. He's a stand-up guy. Matter of fact, speaks the truth above and beyond the need for it," he added.

Davis, who played only 36 games last season because of an ankle injury, was confounded by the whole thing.

"I don't know what 'late' is because when you leave the ballpark at 12, you get back to your place at 12:30, you watch a movie, it's 2:30. Is that late?" he said. "It's up to everyone to decide what late is. If I had a job where I had to wake up at 6 in the morning it might be late, but it's not. So our lifestyle is a little different."

Davis was penciled in to bat cleanup Tuesday night before New York's game against the Philadelphia Phillies was postponed because of inclement weather.

The game was called about three hours before it was supposed to start and will be made up at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, originally a day off for both clubs. The surging Phillies began the day trailing St. Louis by 3½ games for the second NL wild-card spot with 14 to play, though other teams were in their path.

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