With Francisco Lindor and others struggling, the Mets cleaned house last week by firing hitting coaches Chili Davis and Tom Slater. Those changes seem to have worked—the Mets will take a season-high five-game winning streak into their series opener Tuesday against Baltimore—though some within the organization, including first baseman Pete Alonso, were upset to see Davis go.
Longtime radio and podcast host Dan Le Batard of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz shared an anecdote Monday about an unpleasant experience he had covering Davis during his stint with the Minnesota Twins in the early 1990s. Le Batard, then a fledgling reporter for the Miami Herald, recalls approaching Davis for an interview in the Twins clubhouse (Le Batard couldn’t recall the specifics of what brought him to Minnesota, though it’s likely he was covering the Twins’ World Series run in 1991). Davis ignored him at first, prompting Le Batard to ask again if he’d be open to answering a few questions.
“I’m like, ‘Are you available for interviews at all?’ And he looked at the ground and eventually he just said, ‘No,” said Le Batard, describing his uncomfortable exchange with Davis, a career .274 hitter over 19 seasons for the Giants, Angels, Twins, Yankees and Royals. “I’m like, ‘Okay, you’re serious, right?’ His response was, ‘As a f---ing heart attack.’”
Le Batard said that was the only interaction he ever had with Chili, and given how quickly it went south, it’s easy to see why they never spoke again. Perhaps Le Batard, now the proprietor of a multi-million-dollar podcast empire at Meadowlark Media (the startup just netted $50 million from its sponsorship deal with DraftKings), just caught the Twins slugger on a bad day, though evidently, the former ESPN personality still hasn’t forgotten the cruel, humiliating way Davis treated him all those years ago.