Saturday, June 29, 2013
Satin shakes off jitters, drives in two
By Isabelle Khurshudyan | Special to ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- Everywhere Josh Satin looked, he was reminded of the pressure -- the fancy clubhouse, the players he was used to watching on television, the crowds of 40,000 fans.
The change of scenery and a fear of failure made the New York Mets first baseman uptight. Getting steady at-bats in the majors for the first time, Satin said he’s relaxed since being called up to replace Ike Davis.
Josh Satin went 3-for-3 with two RBIs in Friday's loss.
Feeling comfortable as a major leaguer has been the difference in Satin’s play, he said. In the Mets’ 6-4 loss to the Washington Nationals on Friday night, Satin was 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and a single. His three hits were a new career high and his two RBIs tied his career best.
“When you come here and you don’t do well, you kind of second-guess,” Satin said. “Do you belong? Can you play at this level? I always thought I could, but actually doing something on the field is different.
“It just allows you to relax and be yourself. I don’t think I’ve ever been myself on a major league field before these last few games. It’s a nice feeling to just not be so uptight and just play your game and show everyone what you can do.”
Satin’s double against Atlanta to put the winning run across on June 20 was when he felt things change. He said it was the first at-bat with the Mets where he came through when it mattered. He started five of the next six games, and Friday’s performance boosted his batting average from .273 before the game to .360 after.
“Coming here, you want to do well so bad,” Satin said. “But sometimes you put too much pressure on yourself to succeed, so getting some hits here and there has allowed me to calm down and just play my game.”
On a team that’s had so much roster turnover that manager Terry Collins is thankful for uniforms that have players’ last names on the back, it can be challenging for someone like Satin to get too comfortable.
It’s his third stint with the Mets in the past three years, and with each call-up, Satin wants to stay even more. He said the first time he joined the Mets from Triple-A, he was so shell-shocked, he didn’t allow himself to succeed.
This time, as Satin’s surroundings changed, he said his mentality did, too.
“You get this beautiful clubhouse playing with guys you grew up watching,” Satin said. “You want to be here, and it’s a million times better than the alternative. ... When you’re in Triple-A, it’s not the same, but you have to make it the same. And that’s what I’m starting to do.”