Damon Likes Idea of Bronx Return

Baseball players typically start receiving smaller contract offers as they get older. Sure occasionally a player is special enough that this will either happen very late in his career or not at all.

Derek Jeter might be one of those candidates, but he’s been a special player for the Yankees. He came from the Yankees system and was a leader almost as his home run ball landed in Cleveland on opening day in 1996.

Again, he’s special, one of a kind, we as Yankee fans know this. Apparently, Johnny Damon does not.

“I hope (Derek) is not offered a 45 percent pay cut,” Damon said while discussing his negotiations with the Yankees this offseason.

Damon doesn’t understand a lot of things. He didn’t realize he should have taken the Yankees 2-year $14 million offer when it was available in December and he didn’t realize that he should have taken the Yankees 1-year $6 million offer that was available to him last week. Instead he’s going to end up taking another offer that will likely be less than the Yankees initial one to play in a place he’s not as happy playing in.

Starting almost a year ago in spring training Damon spoke about how much he loved the Yankees and all season long he echoed those sentiments about wanting to stay and went so far as admitting it might mean taking less money. Even after the Yankees signed outfielder Randy Winn, effectively closing the door in Damon’s face he wants to come back to the Bronx.

“I’m not ruling out not being in New York, whether it’s not this year, or whenever it is, whether I start the season with them, or whether they trade for me at the deadline, or if they sign me next year, or what not. I love New York,” Damon said.

But instead of playing in New York, a place he supposedly loves, he’ll go someplace else. Where? It does’t matter. Whomever offers him the most money I suppose. Because that’s what Damon loves more than New York, money. Maybe he’ll get lucky enough to get traded here anyways.

About Rob Abruzzese

Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.
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4 Responses to Damon Likes Idea of Bronx Return

  1. Nah, my feelings weren't hurt. I actually am glad they're sticking with Gardner. I'm don't even think it is a bad move for them to get Winn. And obviously it is all about the money. What I hate is athletes who insist it isn't about the money, when it so plainly is. Besides, in this case, I can't see anyone, not anyone at all, offering Damon more than the 2-year $14 million offer that the Yankees already had made.

  2. theboogiedown says:

    RA- you sound like someone who has genuinely gotten his feelings hurt, understandable. Perhaps a thought to help ease your pain or change your way of thinking. EVERYONE else involved in baseball is doing it for the money (you know, to do stupid stuff, like pay their mortgages, for college and yes, to build generaional wealth) Why should we ask ballplayers to be different. For years everyone else was getting fat operating ball clubs, everyone that is except the players. It’s ok for them, the people we go to see, to get their piece of the pie, albeit an enormous piece. It’s our role to be romantic about the sport, it’s thier role to act as adults and get paid while their bodies allow for it.
    Perhaps a bit of devil’s advocate but…

  3. resmrblondedog says:

    I agree Rob. If it was about staying in the same place and not caring about the money, the Yankees would’ve had Damon signed weeks ago.

  4. ROY says:

    I think that this is a case where Damon took some bad advice from his camp. I want to believe that Damon loves NY and wants to stay. But I also know too in reality that the hangers on can deliver some bad advice. Damon had a good hand in NY but not a great hand. There was on thing that he did not consider that sometimes its better to throw away a pair of kings when the other guys hand is likely stronger, in this case the other guy being the Steinbrenner's.

    Two good strong healthy outfielders in the hand is better then one great outfielder getting a little gray around the edges. The door is definitely closing on Damon. I feel bad for Damon not because he didn't get the money he wanted but that he could have at least had one more championship ring to look at in his retirement. He's risking a lot to think that by the trade deadline he would be traded back to the Yanks. If they aren't willing to pay him originally what makes him think they would pay him more later. Also, what team would want a player in their clubhouse who they know is hoping that in July he'[ll be gone.

    No, I think JD waited too long, took too much bad advice, and made a chose poorly. You got to know when to hold up and when to fold up JD. Thanks for the great memories.

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