Rajai Davis' clutch three-run bomb might not have happened if his Uber made a couple of wrong turns. At least, that's what his driver, Jason Clinton, stayed awake wondering after Wednesday's New York Mets game.
"I kept thinking, 'What if I made a wrong turn?'" Clinton told Mike Mazzeo of Yahoo! Sports, adding that he couldn't sleep at the thought of potentially spoiling Davis' debut with his new team.
After having his contract purchased by the Mets, Davis had to take an Uber from Allentown, Pa., a ride which spanned over two hours and 100 miles, costing the organization $283.86, including a $47.31 tip.
Upon arriving at Citi Field in the third inning, Davis immediately became eligible to play off the bench. In the eighth inning, with two runners on, the journeyman outfielder pinch hit for reliever Drew Gagnon and drilled a three-run homer to help deliver a 6-1 victory to his new team.
Clinton claimed the ride began "about 10 minutes from (his) house," with Davis in town to play against the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley. The 41-year-old father of four placed Davis' Mets-branded bags in his trunk but wasn't sure who he'd picked up until a little while into the ride.
Once Davis got off the phone with his agent, Clinton had put it together, and struck up a conversation with the 38-year-old, adding afterward that "he's a great guy" and "a player I'd think most teams would want."
Wednesday's game with the Mets marked Davis' eighth major-league team. Between the Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, and Mets, Davis owns a .262/.311/.380 slash line with 415 stolen bases over his 14-year career.