In the Wake of Hurricane Damon

Like Phil Coke (R), Johnny Damon will have plenty of time to grow his hair out.

There has been quite a lot of talk about Johnny Damon this offseason. So much that the Yankees replacing him in the lineup with Nick Johnson could not stop it, signing of Randy Winn leaving no room in the outfield couldn’t stop it, and him even signing a contract with a different team could stop it.

Well when Damon says stuff like this, he becomes hard to ignore:

“This is where I wanted to be from day one,” Damon said talking about Detroit. “This is where we wanted to be. It is where my family wanted to be. Contrary to what has been reported, I wanted a place where I could win right away. I have always been truthful and Detroit was always my first choice, and my wife and I are going to love it there.”

“I feel like I belong here. It took a little while, but I probably felt like I was a Tiger a month and a half ago. I really feel good about this.”

Really? Because as far back as last spring training Damon has been saying that he wants to stay in the Bronx. So I’m wondering when day one was. Last week? And speaking of his wife, from what we’ve heard, Detroit is not where she wanted to end up and that she preferred Chicago.

Of course he’s lying, Scott Boras has even got his man, I’m talking about Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated of course,  spreading the word that it might have been the Yankees desire to sign Carl Crawford next offseason that kept them from offering him a multi-year deal. You can tell it’s spin because the Yankees did offer Damon a two-year $14 million deal, we’ve even heard, from Bob Klapisch of the Bergin Record, that Damon has admitted to regretting passing up that deal. Yeah, that sounds like a guy who’s wanted to be in Detroit from day one.

At least it seems like he’s got another Boras client, Alex Rodriguez, in his corner.

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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8 Responses to In the Wake of Hurricane Damon

  1. nyyank55 says:

    Let's hear Johnny's take on where he wanted to be come August when the Twins bury the Tigers. He doesn't realize it yet, but he just signed his LAST contract thanks to BorASS. He'll have absolutely NO value next year when his offensive numbers drop off to match his fielding abilities. The Yankees and Yankee Stadium were the best place for him to prolong his career and he passed up on that chance and now he's burning his bridges. His offensive numbers will drop dramatically playing in Comerica Park. Johnny should consider the 2010 season as his swan song and make it his farewell tour.

  2. I wouldn't get too excited about this being Damon's last year. That's just not likely. I'd expect him to play for at least 2 more seasons after 2010.

  3. I concur with Rob. I don't think the numbers bear out JD's relegation to obscurity; in fact, they illustrate what JD and Boras contended–that he might well have staying power until he nears 40. Leg issues aside, he had a very good year for the Yankees in 2009. I do agree with nyyank55's assessment that JD's numbers will likely drop in Comerica. I'd be just shocked if that werent't the case.

    To me, the key issue this off-season was their negotiating stance, which was hardball in the face of teams' own hardball by tamping down on salaries for non-elite players–nearly universally among teams, which quite frankly smacks of collusion–and JD and Boras obviously lost. They misread the terrain of baseball labor negotiations this past year, especially exacerbated by the "market" fact that there was a big glut of OF/DH types. That is, in a climate when teams are clearly trying to wrench control over salaries and therefore profits even more from players, coupled with the fact that a larger number of productive bats but older and decent fielding players hit the market, JD and Boras tried in vain to inflate JD's free-agent value. Bad move.

  4. Lefty says:

    Damon could have 1-2 more seasons in him after this year (unless his numbers take a nose dive at Comerica Park,) if he can find a team willing to cough up a few million in salary for a falling star. He might need the dough for his investment portfolio. The blatant about-faces must be indicative of something about JD, and of course, Boras would NEVER think of manipulating the Detroit press. So glad this pitiful saga is over for this year(hopefully.) Puh-leez JD, enuf!

  5. BXBecks says:

    Poor Johnny. Give the guy a break. He's trying to convince himself. Can you blame him?

  6. Dan Reiner says:

    I honestly have little to no respect left for Damon. Not only did he cheat on his wife with dozens of times while she was pregnant (and DID NOT regret it), but now he's complaining that he never had his name on the back of his jersey as a Yankee? As if they would change anything just for him. Seriously, shut up Johnny. It's obvious that he wanted to resign with NY, or else he wouldn't need these pity statements to show his new 'love' for the Tigers and apparent dislike of the Yankees. I'm glad the Yanks didnt resign him, besides my disliking of how he plays. sorry if you're a Damon fan, as you can see, I am not.

  7. Well Damon did admit that his first choice was the Yankees, but that once they were out of the picture it was Detroit. He also said that Curtis Granderson blocked him in Detroit 4 years ago so he went to the Yankees. That's twice he was blocked by Granderson.

  8. BXBecks says:

    Yeah… He banged a dozen women in the hospital WHILE his wife was in 36-hour labor. And thinks he will never pay for it. I think karma will be served on the field, when his career begins to suffer.

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