WATCH: New Pittsburgh Pirate Ike Davis hits grand slam against Reds

  • David Whitlock

A great way to endear yourself to a new team is to get a big hit, for lots of runs, against a division (and regional) rival, at home.  Check (home run), check (make that a grand slam), check (Boo Reds), and check (Ike loves PNC Park) for new Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Ike Davis.  The newly liked Ike tees off against the rival Cincinnati Reds to send the Pirates to a 2-run lead (from a two run deficit) (via


He even broke his bat in the process (it died a hero).  Ike Davis really really doesn’t like the Reds.  He also touched them up a couple of weeks ago for a walk-off grand slam.  His 9 RBI are relatively low for the 8 he has on those two plays.  He must be the first player to hit two grand slams against the same team while playing for two different teams before April 22.  I’m calling it.

But for Ike, he goes from a serious rebuilding team to one of the youngest teams with high expectation.  And he’s already contributing.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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