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The Ike Davis Era Begins

by Jeremy Fine

April 20, 2010 | 2:34 am

A few months back we posted about the future of Jewish sports. We spoke about Omri Casspi who has already had an impact. Jon Scheyer who played up to his potential. And of course, our main man, Taylor Mays who is about to be a first round draft pick in the NFL draft. But in baseball we introduced you to Ike Davis. Well, starting today it is Davis’ turn to turn the Jewish baseball world upside down.

Ike Davis began the season in the AAA affiliate of the New York Mets. The Mets start 4-8 with little to no talent at first base. Davis bats .364 to begin the season after hitting .480 with 3 home runs in spring training. So the Mets insert Davis into the lineup. He will mostly be hitting against right handers, as he still has some trouble with lefties. He is a solid defender who can hit for power and average, something the Mets have needed for a long time. Finally, Mets fans can see David Wright throw to someone who matters.

“Sunday night, the Mets made sure everyone knew that Davis was about to be promoted. And yet they didn’t tell Davis himself until after batting practice Monday in Buffalo, making sure that 1) he had to rush to New York for his first game, Monday night at Citi Field against the Cubs, and 2) there was no way his parents could make the trip from the West Coast to see him play. Sunday night, the Mets made sure everyone knew that Davis was about to be promoted. And yet they didn’t tell Davis himself until after batting practice Monday in Buffalo, making sure that 1) he had to rush to New York for his first game, Monday night at Citi Field against the Cubs, and 2) there was no way his parents could make the trip from the West Coast to see him play.” -CBSsportsline.com

How did Davis respond? He went 2-4 with an RBI and more importantly was part of a 6-1 victory (extra nice because it was over the Cubs).

Davis made quite an impression. He is making tons of press (CBSSportsline, ESPN, The Great Rabbino =)).

Very exciting day for fans of Jewish baseball. Enjoy the ride.
And Let Us Say…Amen.
-Jeremy Fine
For More on Ike Davis, Jewish Baseball, and everything Jewish in Sports check out www.TheGreatRabbino.com.

 

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Rabbi Jeremy Fine is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul MN. He was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he also received a Masters in Jewish...

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