From old to new: Davis stirs Straw

The Mets' newest call-up has a former great in his corner

Updated: April 20, 2010, 1:03 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

The Mets have called up a kid with a left-handed swing to die for, a kid representing hope in the present and future tenses, and so the conversation naturally veers toward May 6, 1983, opening night for a slugger who had them talking before Ike Davis was born.

Darryl Strawberry, 21 years old, stepped into the Shea Stadium box. At the time, the Mets were a 6-15 team lucky to draw 11,000 fans for games Tom Seaver didn't pitch.

"It was so nerve-racking," Strawberry said Monday by phone. ...

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