J.D. Davis had a breakout 2019 season in his first year with the Mets, batting .307 with 22 home runs in 140 games. The Mets acquired him from the Houston Astros on Jan. 6, 2019 after he played just 66 games in two seasons with the team.
Davis spoke to SNY's Steve Gelbs on Sunday during the Mets' 3-3 tie with the St. Louis Cardinals about how he was a different person before coming to New York.
"Me, learning from how I was with the Astros, and my personality, I was kind of the quiet guy," Davis said. "I was a fly on the wall. I tried to blend in, not have any attention towards myself. Coming in here, I wasn't as happy as I was with the Astros. I wasn't really expressing myself. I remember just coming in and being free and loose, and just wanting to at least have a relationship with these guys. And these guys have the same kind of desire as well.
"Day by day, after games or after practices here, if it was one, two, or three of us, four, or even all six of us just to hangout. It was pretty special. We just always talked about last year in spring training that we had an opportunity, or we have such a young group... I think we were just aware of it, and we just wanted to build something for the Mets."
Davis, 26, joined a group on the Mets around the same age as him including Michael Conforto (26), Dominic Smith (24), Brandon Nimmo (26), and Jeff McNeil (27).
"And then to finally come on the scene and get your opportunity and just to run with it and have fun," Davis said. "And have a great group of guys around the same age as you. Just to be a part of the second half that we had, and have some fun with the guys, playing in the best city in all of the U.S."
Davis would go on to tell Steve Gelbs how grateful he is for the relationships he's made since joining the team.
"That relationship was the number one thing that we all strive to have," Davis said. "Everything else came on the side. Just the goofing off, the cookies late night, just messing around with each other, talking smack, that all came at the end. We love each other, we love playing for each other, and hopefully this group can set the standard for the Mets for a long, long time."