I think it's well known among Mets insiders (and all of MLB for that matter) that last year Ike publicly said that he couldn't identify a curveball out of the pitcher's hand- in essence, saying that he couldn't really hit them. I remember Howie Rose expressing shock that he would say such a thing publicly. Even on his last home run for the Mets, which was a curveball, I remember in the interview on the field just after he hit the grand slam, he said something like- I don't know what it was, but I hit it well...
Well, even if that's true, I think he was a little too outspoken and honest about his inability to hit breaking pitches. That notwithstanding, I put some of the blame on Dave Hudgens, the (thankfully) former Mets hitting coach. At best, Hudgens failed Ike. At worst, he ruined him.
I say that because when Ike came up in 2010, he seemed like he was capable of playing every day and eventually hitting .300 with power. Back then, he brought a rush of energy to the team. I went to Citi Field soon after he got called up, just to see him play in person. I liked Ike. Remember that? I like Ike? Well, I still do, even if he plays for the Pirates now. He's a nice guy, that's why.
I have good memories of him, and yes, he was very frustrating to watch last year and in the first half of 2012. Other than that, he was great. Maybe he'll finally learn how to hit a curveball now that he has a new hitting coach. Too bad the Mets traded him before Lamar Johnson could work with him on a regular basis.