NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Jason Bay joined Mike Francesa on Thursday, and according to the outfielder, the underdog Mets are ready to take on the NL East.
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Bay missed the final two months of the season with a concussion suffered when he slammed into the wall at Dodger Stadium in late July.
“You think you feel good one day, and you think you’re over the hump, and all of a sudden you don’t feel good and you get a headache, and then you start stressing, you focus on that,” Bay said. “I haven’t had any of those issues anymore.”
Bay was expected to provide a big offensive spark when he signed a four-year, $66 million contract before the 2010 season, but struggled to acclimate to Citi Field.
The three-time All Star hit .259 with just six home runs and 47 RBIs. It was the first time since 2003 — when Bay played just 30 games — that he didn’t hit at least 21 home runs.
“It’s not the best hitter’s ballpark in the league, I mean, that’s well documented and I think everybody understands that,” said Bay. “Having (spent) a year there … you realize that’s the way it’s going to be and you accept it. And I think that the experience of doing that once kind of, doesn’t make it any easier, but I think it kind of helps you not dwell on it.”
The Mets have been largely overlooked as NL East contenders, and Bay likes it that way.
“This team probably hasn’t had the anonymity, the underdog tag, the sneaking up on people, that probably hasn’t happened in a while,” he said, “and I think that could play to our advantage.”
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