J.D. Davis says Mets’ opening series postponement ‘was definitely a punch to the stomach’

J.D. Davis takes grounders at third base spring training 2021 full body

J.D. Davis takes grounders at 3rd base spring training 2021 complete body

Like all the Mets gamers, front workplace and fans, J.D. Davis was preparing yourself for Opening Day on Thursday and delighted to play routine season baseball once again.

However simply a couple of hours into the day, that all altered when MLB delayed Thursday’s opener — and ultimately the whole opening series — versus the Washington Nationals due to COVID-19 issues within their company.

Undoubtedly, Davis wasn’t delighted with how things taken place.

“It’s a little disappointing,” Davis stated throughout a Zoom call with press reporters Friday. “Again, it can happen to anybody. We’re fortunate to have good protocols here and have good rules to track down this kind of a spiderweb with what’s going on over in the Nationals to kind of lock it down and get control of the virus.

“Men, including myself, we were extremely pumped for Opening Day. Obviously, it’s regrettable, however it is what it is. … I got up at 9 a.m. on Opening Day, I was prepared to go. Had breakfast, had coffee, I was currently doing my hunting reports and whatever, and after that I got the word at like 10, 11 o’clock. So it was absolutely a punch to the stomach, however it is what it is.”

Though the series has been postponed to a later date, the Mets have decided to stay in Washington and use Nationals Park to work out until they leave for Philadelphia on Sunday.

Davis says the rest of the guys in the clubhouse are still as locked in as ever, despite this slight hiccup to start their season.

“We’re simply [doing] the usual exercises we perform in spring training: Live AB’s, seeing pitches come out of the hand, ground balls, live ground balls, BP, getting our sprints in and dexterity things in, simply playing sort of sim video games. Simply sort of the very same things we have actually been performing in spring training to keep us prepared and keep us secured,” Davis said.

Davis, Rojas talk vaccine

Luis Rojas mentioned this week that surveys have gone around the clubhouse asking players if they’d like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s available to them.

Davis said that he isn’t really sure what the attitude of the guys is at the moment, just because so much has happened over the last 24 hours, and since there’s still such a big focus on baseball.

“I do not actually understand what the mindset of men and their individual choices on if they wish to get immunized of not. … I do not actually understand any men’ individual choice,” Davis said.

On a personal level, Davis said he wasn’t sure if he wanted to get the vaccine yet or not.

“I actually do not understand, I have not even actually considered it. I have actually been so concentrated on baseball and preparing yourself for the season,” he said. “. … It’s an individual choice for me that hasn’t actually crossed my mind. … With us moving from Florida to here in D.C. and all in the last number of days, I simply have not actually took a seat and actually considered it.”

The Mets will get to — ideally — begin their season on Monday versus the Phillies 7:05 p.m. on SNY, with Jacob deGrom taking the mound.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.