Ike Davis heard boos at Citi Field on Tuesday when he tried to bunt. He heard cheers when he had the big hit, an RBI double in the Mets' 4-1 victory over the Braves.
But it was the boos that lingered.
Afterward, Davis said, "The crowd gets on me no matter what . . . I'm just going with I'm an away player now."
Terry Collins, who criticized Mets fans earlier this season before apologizing, was asked about Davis' comments last night before the Mets hosted the Braves.
"I want to answer this correctly," Collins said. "I understand. I'm here. I listen to it. I hear it. I hear the comments. There's a lot of people sitting right next to the dugout who have things to say, and as Ike knows, it comes with the territory. Last year, in the first half, he got booed. He started hitting homers, he got cheered. It's just the nature of the game. You can't let their reactions dictate or add extra pressure."
Davis went 0-for-3 last night with two caught looking strikeouts and a walk in the Mets' 8-2 loss. He heard boos after the second strikeout and after grounding into a double play in the ninth inning.
Travis d'Arnaud (foot) went 1-for-3 and caught five innings in his first rehab game in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Lucas Duda (rib cage strain) made his first rehab appearance and went 0-for-2 with a walk . . . Jonathon Niese (shoulder) should make his first rehab appearance by early next week, Collins said.
The Mets announced their first "Citi Field Sleepover" for Aug. 10. Fans can bring tents and sleeping bags and sleep in the outfield.
There will be a post-game concert by Third Eye Blind. A portion of every ticket sold will go to "Hope Shines for Shannon," a charity which raises funds for Shannon Forde of the Mets media department who has breast cancer.
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