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Pedro Feliciano Is Pissed At The Mets. And He Has Something Against Ike Davis, I Guess

Wipe off that smile, Ike. Pedro Feliciano is coming to get you because ... well ... he just is.

A story about a pro athlete holding a grudge against his former team is nothing novel. New York Yankees relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano is just the latest of the outspoken.

Feliciano’s current anger is being directed at the Mets, the team with which he spent his first eight major league seasons. Specifically, Feliciano is upset with his former pitching coach, Dan Warthen, who responded to Yankees GM Brian Cashman’s accusation that Feliciano was “overworked” during his final three years in Queens with a nod in agreement:

“He volunteered for the baseball every day,” Warthen said of Feliciano. “He was asked whether he was able to pitch. He said ‘yes’ every day — every day — and wanted to pitch more than we even pitched him. … That was part of the reason we decided to not re-sign him — because we knew we had used him 270-some times in the last three years.”

Feliciano’s appearance count in the past three seasons was 86, 88 and 92 games, respectively. The 92 showings in 2010 set a Mets franchise record, and he became the fifth pitcher in MLB history to log 90 or more appearances in a season.

Feliciano said he was “hurt” by Warthen’s comments and he felt the Mets kept him on the mound “with no reason” at times, blah, blah, blah. This is just simple sniping between clubs and players. Par for the course.

But what is Feliciano’s ultimate plan for revenge against Warthen and those evil, evil Metropolitans?

“I will show him in the Subway Series when I strike out Ike Davis, and when I jump up and down on the mound I’ll be like, ‘That’s for you.'”

Quickly pan over to a bewildered Davis saying: “Hey, what did I do to get dragged into this?”

Not David Wright, not Jason Bay, not even Jose Reyes or Carlos Beltran. Nope, Pedro Feliciano has his sights set on Ike Davis. I’ve looked around and I can’t find any semblance of a feud between these two. My best guess is that Davis was the hot new guy on the Mets last year, and Feliciano wants to cut him down. But Wright would make more sense to me, seeing as he’s just a better player.

Anyway, no evidence of a divide between the two players doesn’t mean the New York media won’t try their best to create one. And credit to Davis for playing it cool with some first-class self-deprecation when asked about Feliciano’s comments Tuesday:

“I did strike out how many times last year?” said Davis of his 138 Ks a year ago. “It’s not that tough of a feat.”

Boom! Way to disarm a sticky situation. The Yankees and Mets will first meet May 20 in Yankee Stadium. Feliciano will return to Citi Field on July 1. And you can bet this will be brought up to both players before those games. By then, hopefully someone will have figured out why Davis is a part of this in the first place.

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  1. Shakka
    April 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    The only reason he(Felixiano) mentioned Ike and not any other met is because Davis is the only left handed hitter on the Mets’ lineup.

    • April 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      That makes a lot of sense. My only argument: Feliciano faced a couple more right-handed batters than left-handed batters last season (141 to 139), although some of them were certainly switch hitters who were turned around to bat from the right side. My point being, it’s not as if he’s going to face purely lefties, even if it’s his No. 1 job to get them out.
      I appreciate the comment.

  2. Padrick
    April 9, 2011 at 7:56 am

    That quote from Davis, those are the things that ever so slightly redeem a persistent media that badgers the shit out of players.

    That was hilarious.

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