Mets undergoing full range of emotions
The Mets are entering training camp with a variety of emotions. Ike Davis, for instance, is a little surprised to be there. David Wright, on the other hand, has been there many times before.
New York isn't expected to put up too much of a fuss in the NL East - their next contending seasons are further out on the horizon - but they at least have the pop to be an annoyance.
Ike Davis spent the offseason being a trade rumor, and with spring training opening and there still being a Mets cap on his head, he's surprised. The Pirates, Orioles, Brewers, and Yankees were among the teams pushing for the 26-year-old first baseman, who had an absolutely dreadful season, hitting .205/.326/.334 in 103 games and at one point being sent down to the minors for hitting below .200 from April to June.
There was a time when Davis being on any Major League roster seemed surprising. But the Mets couldn't find a deal they liked, and so Davis remains in St. Lucie, albeit "a little bit shocked" to be there.
David Wright has spent the last seven years being one of the best third baseman in the league - but not in the playoffs. Watching his crosstown counterpart Derek Jeter lavish in fanfare following a retirement announcement has possibly pushed Wright further to the edge, as he mentioned feeling "impatient" about his lack of post season accolades despite steallar play.
An All-Star seven times in a ten-year career, the 31-year-old aches to reach the playoffs again, but being David Wright, won't use insult or blame as a medium to vent his frustrations. Wright believes the team is better and that things are on the verge of improving in a big way.
The NL East, as was the case last year, is not a division easily handed to anyone. Not because of exemplary play all around, though; the teams expected to lead, the Braves and Nationals, have shown they can drop back with the worst of them. And teams like the Mets or even Phillies, with enough healthy players, could pick away at a lead as well.
At this venture, anything seems possible. Wright likely won't see his vision come to fruition this season, but like Davis, he's just happy to be there.