Ike Davis Doesn’t Look Sick, But His Bat Does

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Amid Ike Davis’s atrocious first half of the season, the NY Times brings up a factor that most appear to have forgotten about: his diagnosis of possibly having Valley Fever.

Davis hasn’t exhibited any symptoms and both he and the Mets are saying that the disease has nothing to do with his anemic hitting. If it is having an effect on his play, there’s no quantifying it unless it’s cited as an issue. There’s not much Davis or the Mets can do about it. The bottom line is that he’s not performing.

The decline of Conor Jackson—who definitely had the disease and saw it derail his rising career—is discussed in the article. But Jackson was clearly ill. Davis looks fine. Jackson’s symptoms directly caused his slide. Davis’s problems don’t appear fatigue-related; his swing is out of whack.

Either way it’s not an excuse. He could go to Triple A Buffalo to get some time in a less pressurized atmosphere or he could head to the disabled list to get better from something that hasn’t manifested itself.

Davis isn’t hitting. He’s not helping the team. If manager Terry Collins is holding true to his preseason edict that there are expectations and demands on the players that are with the Mets; if there are consequences for poor play and if one particular player isn’t pulling his weight, then someone else will get an opportunity. Unless he starts hitting immediately Davis has to be held accountable and go down to the minor leagues.

He doesn’t look sick. But his bat certainly does. There’s a diagnosis for that. It’s called a demotion to Triple A to get straightened out where he’s not hurting the big league club. And that’s what he’s doing now.


The Mets, Rush Limbaugh and Non-Communicable Disease

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You’ll notice that the advertisers that are running from Rush Limbaugh like he has a communicable disease have mostly “suspended” their advertising on his show. As of right now the only one that I’ve found to use the word “terminate” has been Legalzoom.

Why do people advertise on Limbaugh’s show to begin with?

Because he has ratings and his listeners are people who will purchase the products being sold by the advertisers.

It’s about demographics, sales and business.

Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluke were idiotic, but he apologized. Now, the apology isn’t good enough to stop the firestorm; the inundation on his advertisers has gotten worse because rather than quell the outpouring, it’s been seen as a sign of weakness for a wounded animal that he even apologized to begin with. So they’re going for more.

Proflowers.com also ceased advertising yesterday.

Because Limbaugh has never been one to apologize and the wording was sort of a non-apology apology in the vein of, “I’m sorry if I offended anyone who can’t take a joke and isn’t smart enough to know that it’s satire,” it’s not good enough and has exponentially increased the pressure being placed on his advertisters.

It leads to the question of why he even bothered to apologize to begin with.

Similar to the Dick Cheney decision to support gay rights, it doesn’t matter what someone like Cheney or Limbaugh says, their opponents are going to seize on it and use it to their advantage anyway.

Cheney supports gay rights…but it’s only because his daughter is a lesbian.

He’s not a supporter for the “correct” reasons; the organic reasons; for reasons of support because it’s the way things “ought” to be, therefore it doesn’t count toward the advancing of the cause.

I think we all know that if Cheney’s daughter wasn’t a lesbian that there’s no possible way he’d be in support of gay rights, but what’s the difference? Just accept the help from Cheney; accept the apology from Limbaugh and move on.

Or don’t.

But don’t act like there’s some underlying cause to support your position.

What does this have to do with the Mets and the revelation that Ike Davis has Valley Fever?

The Mets found an abnormality during Davis’s pre-spring training physical and sent him back to New York for tests; they discovered that he probably has Valley Fever and are taking steps to keep him healthy and on the field.

If you read this Mayo Clinic description of the disease, it doesn’t sound all that serious and isn’t expected to affect Davis’s play. The one thing that’s said is that Davis needs to avoid extreme fatigue.

Baseball position players don’t exactly exert themselves to the degree that they’ll be “extremely fatigued”. None other than John Kruk once uttered the famous line (and wrote a book of the same name), “I ain’t an athlete, I’m a baseball player.”

The disease is contracted in Arizona where Davis makes his off-season home; the Mets performed their due diligence and are following the advice of the medical community…and are still the subject of ridicule for something they had nothing to do with and are dealing with in the proper manner.

It gets to the point where the Mets might as well say, “Screw everyone, this is what we’re doing and if you don’t like it, too bad.”

But it won’t stop.

Because it’s a convenient and simple story to attack the Mets for anything and everything they do whether it’s considered “right” or “wrong”.

In the end, they might as well just go about their business and ignore the critics. It’s all based on agenda and there’s no possible way to win when there’s no exit from the maze.