Video: Mets' Rajai Davis Hits 3-Run HR in 1st AB After Wild Call-Up Journey

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2019

New York Mets' Rajai Davis, left, runs between third and home on his eighth-inning, three-run home run in the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in New York, as Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle, right, reacts on the mound. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Rajai Davis wasted little time making his presence felt on the New York Mets.

The 38-year-old outfielder was called up Wednesday as Brandon Nimmo was placed on the injured list with a stiff neck. Hours later, the veteran put the finishing touches on a 6-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.

With two on and two out in the bottom of the eighth, Davis was inserted into the game as a pinch hitter against Nationals left-hander Sean Doolittle. That set the stage for an unbelievable moment:

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First career at-bat in a #Mets uniform. @rajai11davis delivers in a BIG way. https://t.co/tDMqswYnxe

That not only capped off a six-run eighth, but it was the finish to a wild day for Davis.

According to Newsday's Tim Healey, Davis was not informed of his call-up until approximately 5 p.m. ET...when he was taking batting practice with Triple-A Syracuse, which was preparing for a game in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Davis grabbed an Uber for the two-hour drive to Queens, New York and, per Healey, did not arrive at Citi Field until the third inning.

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Rajai Davis recounts his excellent adventure from Lehigh Valley to Citi Field. https://t.co/5U8Z0t35Wi

Davis—who is now on his eighth MLB team—entered the game with just 61 home runs in his 13-year career, averaging one every 75.1 plate appearances. He had just one round-tripper in 101 games with the Cleveland Indians last year.

Oddly enough, he matched that total in his first plate appearance of 2019.