Davis Hits 3-Run Homer Following 112-Mile Uber Ride To Citi Field

May 23, 2019 - 11:08 am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Rajai Davis took batting practice Wednesday afternoon in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The 38-year-old outfielder ended his night hitting a three-run homer that capped a thrilling eighth-inning rally for the New York Mets.

"It was a normal day when it started," Davis said after a memorable 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals.

Davis' homer was his first in 134 career plate appearances as a pinch hitter.

Signed to a minor league contract in the offseason, Davis had spent the season's first seven weeks at Triple-A with the Syracuse Mets, who played at Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. About 5 p.m., manager Tony DeFrancesco told Davis to get to New York — after the Mets learned an MRI showed Brandon Nimmo had neck inflammation that would result in a stint on the injured list.

Davis originally thought DeFranceso was joking. Then he showered and called an Uber for the 112-mile trip to Citi Field that took 2 hours and, according to Davis, cost about $234. His driver, Jason, is originally from Brooklyn.

"Me and Jason, we got to know each other," Davis said. "But I'm not going to foot that bill."

Davis arrived in the third inning.

"I think I saw him in the fifth or the sixth for the first time," manager Mickey Callaway said.

Playing for his eighth big league team in 14 seasons, Davis couldn't find his way back to the Mets clubhouse and had to ask for directions

"I feel like I got lost for about a month and half, and two months," Davis said with a grin. "Now I'm fine."

Davis's 62nd longball made him the 11th player to homer in his first at-bat for the Mets. He and Callaway shared a dugout for another big home run — his tying, two-run drive for Cleveland against Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning of World Series Game 7 three years ago, a game the Chicago Cubs won in 10 innings.

"He remembers. I remember. I think they remember, too," Davis said.

Callaway was the Indians pitching coach. When it was pointed out the stakes were not quite the same, he laughed and quipped: "It felt like it to me."

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