Ready, Ike? Time for Mets to kick Davis, their baby 1B, from nest

Where will New York Mets rookie Ike Davis(notes) rank among the all-time Ikes and Isaacs?

Can he eclipse the legacy of Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower, a five-star general during World War II who became the 34th president of the United States?

Or will he settle for being a pop-culture footnote, like Isaac the bartender from the "Love Boat"?

Somewhere in the middle?

We find out starting tonight, because Davis was recalled from Class AAA Buffalo for tonight's game against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field.

Davis, the 18th overall pick in the 2008 draft, is batting sixth and playing first base.

Davis told ESPN's Adam Rubin it was just as well that he was making his debut in the Big Apple at Citi Field.


"Baptism by fire, or whatever that saying is," Davis said. "I think it's going to be a better experience since you play most of your games at home. You have to do it sometime, might as well get it over with."

The Mets, who dropped to 4-8 after losing to the Cardinals on Sunday night, had been playing the likes of Mike Jacobs(notes), Frank Catalanotto(notes) and others at first.

It won't take a lot for Davis to be better than that bunch, but the Mets are hoping for much more. The power-hitting prospect, a son of former major league right-hander Ron Davis, was hitting .364 with two homers and three doubles in 33 at-bats for Buffalo. He hit a combined 20 homers with a .906 OPS at Class A and AA in '09.

Let's look at some of the great Ikes of days gone by. How big will Ike Davis get?

Ike Broslovsky from South Park, adopted brother of Kyle Broslovsky, fought for the rights of Canadian immigrants everywhere.

Isaac Newton designed the first Apple Computer and discovered gravity when he threw it in disgust at a colleague.

Ike Turner received a Nobel Prize for releasing Tina Turner from indentured servitude.

Isaac Asimov, the science fiction author, had the smartest sideburns in the history of the world.

Eisenhower was our greatest golfing president until Ford.

Washington broke the color barrier on television, invented the mixed drink and discovered the Pointer Sisters.

Isaac Mizrahi, fashionista for the everywoman, fears he is no longer the top Ike in New York City now that Davis is up.

Isaac Stern, a brother of David Stern, was commissioner of the Violin Basketball Association.

Isaac Hayes was a world-famous children's chef before his untimely death. In the 1970s, he also invented personal theme music.

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