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

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

Like all the Mets players, front office and fans, J.D. Davis was getting ready for Opening Day on Thursday and excited to play regular season baseball again.

But just a few hours into the day, that all changed when MLB postponed Thursday's opener -- and eventually the entire opening series -- against the Washington Nationals due to COVID-19 concerns within their organization.

Obviously, Davis wasn't thrilled with how things transpired.

"It's a little disappointing," Davis said during a Zoom call with 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.

"Guys, including myself, we were super pumped for Opening Day. Of course, it's unfortunate, but it is what it is. ... I woke up at 9 a.m. on Opening Day, I was ready to go. Had breakfast, had coffee, I was already doing my scouting reports and everything, and then I got the word at like 10, 11 o'clock. So it was definitely a punch to the stomach, but 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 just [doing] the same old workouts we do in spring training: Live AB's, seeing pitches come out of the hand, ground balls, live ground balls, BP, getting our sprints in and agility stuff in, just playing kind of sim games. Just kind of the same things we've been doing in spring training to keep us ready and keep us locked in," 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 don't really know what the attitude of guys and their personal decisions on if they want to get vaccinated of not. ... I don't really know any guys' personal preference," Davis said.

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

"I really don't know, I haven't even really thought about it. I've been so focused on baseball and getting ready for the season," he said. ". ... It's a personal preference for me that hasn't really crossed my mind. ... With us moving from Florida to here in D.C. and all in the last couple of days, I just haven't really sat down and really thought about it."

The Mets will get to -- hopefully -- start their season on Monday against the Phillies 7:05 p.m. on SNY, with Jacob deGrom taking the mound.