Jerry Seinfeld's visit with the Mets during batting practice attracted plenty of attention from players and fans alike. Ike Davis considered himself lucky to get a signed ball from the comedian, but Seinfeld didn't dress up his signature with any jokes.
Asked what was scrawled on it, Davis replied, "To Ike. Jerry Seinfeld."
A few hours later, Davis became the star attraction when he launched a tying homer off Cardinals righthander Jason Motte with two outs in the ninth inning. Davis smacked it over the wall in left-center for his third homer in 24 at-bats.
"That was impressive," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said, "especially in that situation, with the game on the line."
It was made even more impressive by the fact that Davis hadn't played since last Monday, when he appeared in a B game against the Marlins.
His reward for Saturday's clutch hit? Manuel said he plans to take Davis on the two-hour bus ride to Kissimmee Sunday to face Astros ace Roy Oswalt.