Mets First Baseman Says Boos 'Don’t Really Affect Me'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s a common thought among baseball fans: Why not try to bunt against the infield shift?

The defense is inviting it, right? After all, there’s that huge hole toward third base.

Well, Mets first baseman Ike Davis attempted to bunt for a hit Tuesday in the second inning at Citi Field. And he was booed — relentlessly.

“The crowd gets on me no matter what,” Davis said after New York’s 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. “If I take a strike, it’s a boo. So it really doesn’t matter. It’s a smart attempt. I just didn’t execute the bunt.”

Davis pushed his first bunt attempt foul. His second try went right back to Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen for an easy out.

“I’m going to do it more often,” Davis said. “I get out a lot anyways so might as well give it a try. If I get it down in the right spot, it’s a hit. I’m going to definitely try to do that more often.”

The crowd got all over the slumping left-handed hitter — again — when he struck out in the fourth inning. But Davis redeemed himself in the sixth when he hammered a go-ahead double.

“I’m just going with I’m an away player now,” Davis said, according to the Bergen Record. “The boos don’t really affect me.”

Davis, who was demoted to Triple-A for about a month, is batting .178 with five home runs and 20 RBIs.

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