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Friday, May 24, 2019

Rajai Davis took a $243 Uber ride to Citi Field and then launched a pinch-hit homer

Just the latest piece of evidence supporting the theory that they’re extremely cursed, the Mets have been hit pretty hard by the injury bug lately. First, Michael Conforto went down with a concussion, then Yoenis Cespedes broke an ankle on his ranch in Florida, and then, on Wednesday, Brandon Nimmo landed on the 10-day Injured List with a neck injury. All of a sudden, just hours before their game against the Nationals, New York found itself short on outfielders.

Without a ton of options on such short notice, the team turned to Triple-A Syracuse, where they found 14-year Major League vet and postseason folk hero Rajai Davis. There was just one problem: Syracuse is currently in the middle of a road series against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs ... meaning that, with first pitch fast approaching in Queens, Davis was stuck in the middle of Pennsylvania.

But New York needed reinforcements, and Davis was the man for the job. So he did the only thing he could do: He fired up the Uber app. A couple hours, $243 and one lifelong friendship with a driver named Jason later, he arrived at Citi Field.

I’d suggest the train, but there aren’t any servicing the Lehigh Valley, much less a direct one to NYC.

QLE Posted: May 24, 2019 at 07:29 AM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: mets being mets, rajai davis, uber

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   1. puck Posted: May 24, 2019 at 10:39 AM (#5845304)
That's awesome. Looks like it's about a 2 - 2 1/4 hour drive from park to park?

Tebow, that could have been you if you were hitting .200.
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 24, 2019 at 11:03 AM (#5845325)
I have so much respect for players like Rajai Davis who have already played 13 years in the majors, made $30 million, and are still willing to hustle their way through the minors to get one more shot.

Gregor Blanco, Ben Revere, Emilio Bonifacio and Brandon Barnes are all still kicking around in AAA. As, of course, is Pete Kozma.
   3. Lassus Posted: May 24, 2019 at 11:05 AM (#5845326)
I initially thought this was an Uber from Syracuse to Citifield, which would have been hilarious; but also scary, as I wouldn't trust anyone from Syracuse to drive me to the end of my driveway without ending up in a meth lab or behind a gas station somewhere.
   4. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 24, 2019 at 11:26 AM (#5845348)

Gregor Blanco, Ben Revere, Emilio Bonifacio and Brandon Barnes are all still kicking around in AAA. As, of course, is Pete Kozma.

I don't disagree with your point, but I don't think any of those guys has made anywhere near $30 million (Davis has). They're also a bit younger than he is.

After seeing what Max Muncy did last year, if I was a player trying to discover my major league talent I probably wouldn't be so quick to hang them up.
   5. Itchy Row Posted: May 24, 2019 at 12:35 PM (#5845391)
Rafael Palmeiro played for the Cleburne Railroaders last year. He was planning on coming back this year, but he had knee surgery and was released last week.
   6. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: May 24, 2019 at 02:22 PM (#5845438)
Mets signed Ervin Santana to a MiLB deal today. The hits just keep on comin'...
   7. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: May 24, 2019 at 03:18 PM (#5845460)
I knew that Palmeiro played for Cleburne last year as a part time DH. I did not know that he was likely the team's best hitter (.301/.424/.495). BB-ref ranked that OPS as 6th in the league, between semi-familiar names Todd Cunningham (journeyman minor leaguer - obp guy) and Curt Smith (uh, he's familiar if you're a WBC fan).
   8. I am going to be Frank Posted: May 24, 2019 at 03:27 PM (#5845465)
There are a lot many buses that go from the Chinatowns in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn to the casino in Bethlehem. Isn't the easiest to get a seat on said bus, but probably less than $240 - would have needed a translator though.
   9. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 24, 2019 at 03:53 PM (#5845475)
This makes me imagine Pascual Perez as an Uber driver.
   10. Bote Man Posted: May 24, 2019 at 04:09 PM (#5845480)
Gregor Blanco, Ben Revere, Emilio Bonifacio and Brandon Barnes are all still kicking around in AAA. As, of course, is Pete Kozma.

FÜCK PETE KOZMA!!!!!
   11. JoeC Posted: May 24, 2019 at 04:40 PM (#5845485)
The active SB leader reclaims his crown! And once again the majors have somebody within a thousand of Rickey. Only other time they didn't was the first part of 2008, before Juan Pierre caught up.

This also means he has a chance to fend off Dee Gordon for most SB of the 2010s. (Currently 322-320.) There are quite a few interesting "player of the decade" races going on, are there any bloggers/sites tracking them?
   12. TVerik. Old Java Rodney. Posted: May 24, 2019 at 08:16 PM (#5845516)
By the app, Uber drivers have no idea of the destination of the trip, so it could be around the corner or to Shittyfield.

I hope the driver was planning on like five hours, round trip. Because if he had to pick up his kids from school or whatever in half an hour, he'd be completely screwed. Sounds from TFA like he was cool with it. I hope he got tipped well.
   13. TVerik. Old Java Rodney. Posted: May 24, 2019 at 08:47 PM (#5845520)
Also, that's at least one fill-up at a gas station, maybe two.
   14. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 24, 2019 at 09:14 PM (#5845528)
I hope the driver was planning on like five hours, round trip. Because if he had to pick up his kids from school or whatever in half an hour, he'd be completely screwed. Sounds from TFA like he was cool with it. I hope he got tipped well.


Did the driver get paid for a round trip? Because it's not he'd be be able to get a fare back.
   15. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 24, 2019 at 09:23 PM (#5845532)
Also, that's at least one fill-up at a gas station, maybe two.

My app says it’s 108 miles from Coca-Cola Park to CitiField. Not really that arduous a journey, unless the driver was trying to avoid toll roads.
   16. Turfblitz Posted: May 24, 2019 at 09:27 PM (#5845534)
I hope the driver was planning on like five hours, round trip. Because if he had to pick up his kids from school or whatever in half an hour, he'd be completely screwed.


I've had uber drivers kick me out because the destination was "too far" and it was nothing like this.
   17. Rennie's Tenet Posted: May 24, 2019 at 09:30 PM (#5845535)
I used to work on enormous litigation projects in DC. They always picked up late night cab fares, and over time you develop relationships with regular drivers. My guy also did limo service, and every time he picked me up on one of those nights some billing partner would step out the door of the building just in time to see me climb into the back of a Cadillac.
   18. stevegamer Posted: May 25, 2019 at 03:40 AM (#5845563)
There was talk of getting train service back in the Lehigh Valley to NYC, Philly or both, but that's unlikely to happen.

Since people commute from that are to NYC & Philly for jobs, it's not really that far a trip. Easily one tank of gas, plus the chance to get cheap gas on the way back in Jersey. I have buddy who does Uber and sometimes goes into Ohio & WV from Pittsburgh's airport. He says getting fares back from thsoe spots can be tough, unless it's a local trip near where he ends up or to the airport.
   19. Rally Posted: May 25, 2019 at 09:22 AM (#5845570)
I did not know this. So the only thing an Uber driver sees is the location of the pickup? Do they see a price that would indicate distance? Even so, problem if you don’t know direction. Say you drive from PA to NYC for $240. You find a similar fare offered, but you don’t know until you pick the ride up if it will get you home, or in the direction of Boston?
   20. TomH Posted: May 25, 2019 at 10:57 AM (#5845578)
speaking of stoeln base leaders.. isn't it odd that Blilly Hamilton has finished 2nd in steals in the NL FIVE YEARS IN A ROW? To three different guys (Gordon, Villar, Turner). He might finish his career never leading the league in SB (unless he, ya know, actually learnns to hit), despite being he best basestealer.
   21. TVerik. Old Java Rodney. Posted: May 26, 2019 at 12:02 AM (#5845740)
I did not know this. So the only thing an Uber driver sees is the location of the pickup?


As of last month, this is true. I suspect that it would be remedied pretty soon, however.
   22. Howie Menckel Posted: May 26, 2019 at 12:17 AM (#5845742)
isn't it odd that Billy Hamilton has finished 2nd in steals in the NL FIVE YEARS IN A ROW? To three different guys (Gordon, Villar, Turner). He might finish his career never leading the league in SB

Billy Hamilton led the NL in SB 4 times - in 1890, 1891, 1894, and 1895. he also led the MLB American Association in SB in 1889. it got him into the Hall of Fame and everything.

Active SB leaders (2 Mets and 2 Yankees - sort of)

Rank Player (yrs, age) Stolen Bases
1. Rajai Davis (14, 38) 415
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (11, 35) 343
3. Dee Gordon (9, 31) 320
4. Billy Hamilton (7, 28) 286
5. Hanley Ramirez (15, 35) 281
6. Elvis Andrus (11, 30) 279
7. Carlos Gomez (13, 33) 265
8. Brett Gardner (12, 35) 262
9. Jose Altuve (9, 29) 249
10. Ian Kinsler (14, 37) 242
11. Jarrod Dyson (10, 34) 232
12. Starling Marte (8, 30) 222
13. Ryan Braun (13, 35) 208
14. Mike Trout (9, 27) 195
15. Andrew McCutchen (11, 32) 187
   23. Howie Menckel Posted: May 26, 2019 at 11:23 AM (#5845767)
and now Davis DFA'd. broadcast yesterday noted that he still lives in his hometown near New London, CT, so....
   24. akrasian Posted: May 26, 2019 at 01:54 PM (#5845784)
and now Davis DFA'd. broadcast yesterday noted that he still lives in his hometown near New London, CT, so....


I assume they're sending him back down to AAA. Probably won't be as frantic a trip.
   25. KronicFatigue Posted: May 26, 2019 at 03:14 PM (#5845794)
I did not know this. So the only thing an Uber driver sees is the location of the pickup? Do they see a price that would indicate distance? Even so, problem if you don’t know direction. Say you drive from PA to NYC for $240. You find a similar fare offered, but you don’t know until you pick the ride up if it will get you home, or in the direction of Boston?


I might be combining Lyft/Uber info, but the drivers tell me that they can see if it's more than 45 minutes, and thus can and will decline those if they aren't feeling it. The biggest issue in my area is that many of my drivers can't pick up fares in Manhattan b/c they don't have a medallion (or whatever license you need for Manhattan pickups). So, if they see 45+ minutes, they fear the drop off is in manhattan and they'll be SOL on the return trip.

There has to be a fix for this. Selfishly (and I'm not saying that in a bad way), drivers wants short trips because of the initial fee that starts the trip. But customers shouldn't be screwed just because of their destination.
   26. bobm Posted: May 26, 2019 at 04:16 PM (#5845795)
Selfishly (and I'm not saying that in a bad way), drivers wants short trips because of the initial fee that starts the trip. But customers shouldn't be screwed just because of their destination.

In NYC, for yellow (medallion) cabs there are special fares for out of town rides:

[...]Destinations Beyond NYC

Westchester & Nassau Counties:

[...]

Once the taxi goes beyond the City limit to Nassau or Westchester, [... the] metered fare is double the amount from the City limit to your destination.  [...]

Other Points Outside the City:

The Driver may choose whether to take such trips. The fare must be mutually agreed upon before the trip may begin. [...]


https://www1.nyc.gov/site/tlc/passengers/taxi-fare.page
   27. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 26, 2019 at 04:33 PM (#5845806)
cheap gas on the way back in Jersey.


Gas in Jersey is no longer cheap, they added 30 or 40 cents tax earlier this year or sometime last year. Now only 10 or so cents cheaper than New York, but there's no self-service, so if you tip the attendant (and who doesn't tip the attendant?), you're paying more. Delaware and Maryland are much lower.
   28. Howie Menckel Posted: May 26, 2019 at 06:11 PM (#5845822)
for decades now, if you want a Manhattan cab to take you to Jersey, you agree up front to pay double the fare. if you're going somewhere like Hoboken or Jersey City (after the PATH trains stop running), it's not crazy expensive, especially assuming you are not alone.
   29. Adam S Posted: May 27, 2019 at 10:27 AM (#5845878)
I did not know this. So the only thing an Uber driver sees is the location of the pickup? Do they see a price that would indicate distance? Even so, problem if you don’t know direction. Say you drive from PA to NYC for $240. You find a similar fare offered, but you don’t know until you pick the ride up if it will get you home, or in the direction of Boston?


The smart and polite play as a rider here is to immediately phone the driver and ask them if they want the fare, saying you've got no issue if they want to cancel.

I once got a dopey associate working for me on a consulting project to Uber from San Diego to Hollywood. They's made the mistake of flying from LAX to San Diego and then booking a Friday night hotel for work winding up mid-afternoon Friday and then wanting to get home Friday. Changing their flight ticket or buying a new one was over $500 that the client wouldn't pay, so I suggested Uber. First two drivers weren't interested but the third driver he tried was thrilled with the fare as working Friday evening nmight in LA is apparently much better then San Diego.

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