Ledee's performance on the night brought his total hits for the season to four -- already surpassing his total of three from last season.
"You learn to play like that, you learn to play off the bench," Ledee said after the Mets' 8-1 win over the Twins. "You learn not to get caught off guard. It could be an important at-bat, or it could be a blowout, or if for any different reason somebody has to come out."
Ledee's homer didn't make or break the Mets' lead, but it certainly didn't hurt. The shot was the first of four runs scored in the inning.
"You get there and it's not pressure, but we know the situation that we're in," Ledee said. "We haven't played like we are capable of playing, and I want to contribute and get it going for the team."
For a Mets team that has had trouble putting runs on the board as of late, Ledee might help get the bats going for in the order. Ledee said he was ready to play all weekend at Yankee Stadium, but knew that he had to wait until the timing was right.
"I wanted to play badly, but sometimes I'm going to sit there, and that's the way it is," Ledee said.
That timing came soon enough. Manager Willie Randolph gave Ledee the heads-up on Sunday that he could likely be playing the next day.
"I just had a feeling that he'd match up good against [Carlos Silva]," Randolph said. "He hadn't played that much, but I told him to keep his head up high and stay ready, and today he came through for us."
The outfielder hasn't been on the field much this season. Ledee was called up from Triple-A New Orleans of the Pacific Coast League just nine days ago when the Mets optioned David Newhan out to the New Orleans Zephyrs. Ledee signed on as a possible fix for the string of injuries the Mets have suffered in the outfield during the past few months.
And again, Ledee had to be ready right away. On June 9, the same day he was called up to the big leagues just months after signing a Minor League contract with the Mets on March 29, Ledee started in the team's game against Detroit. The time in the Minors only helped the nine-year veteran, who has played with seven different Major League teams in his career.
"Last year it was totally different," Ledee said. "When I came over last year, I wasn't even ready. That time in the Minor Leagues this year helped me come back ready."