NEW YORK -- Among those who witnessed Ike Davis' second big league game Tuesday night were his father, Ron, the former Yankees and Twins reliever, and Ron's second wife, Kendall. They had flown in from Arizona, arriving mid-afternoon after their flight had been delayed for 90 minutes because of a flat tire. Davis' mother, Millie, is to arrive Wednesday.
Ron wasn't the only late-arriving family member.
"I told Ike, 'You were two days late,' Ron said. 'If they'd called [you] up Saturday, [you] could have pitched in that 20-inning game they played."
When the Mets made Davis the 18th player selected in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, according to his father, the club said, "We like you as a pitcher and a hitter. We'll take you either way." Ike Davis had been an unbeaten scholastic pitcher and a successful starter and closer at Arizona State.
"He can throw 93-94 [mph]," the proud papa said.
The elder Davis said he had thoughts of flying in Sunday night after he learned the Mets had designated Mike Jacobs for assignment and that they were likely to eliminate a relief pitcher before the homestand. He had a sense a promotion was pending, but his son didn't the call until after 9 a.m. Arizona time, Monday. He estimated he would miss his son's first three at-bats if he traveled.
"I decided I'd stay, enjoy the game at home and have a party."
The elder Davis likened his son to former Blue Jays and Mets first baseman John Olerud.
"A doubles hitter, tall lanky guy with some power."
Olerud also had been a collegiate pitcher and seemingly had the best arm of any Mets first baseman.
Keith Hernandez likens Davis to Adam LaRoche, the former Braves and Pirates first baseman now with the D-backs. But the Mets expect more power from Davis long-term than LaRoche has produced in his six-plus seasons.