It is now official. Johnny Rockstar went to the dark side and transformed into Johnny Boyscout. In pinstripes. I’ll always remember him as one of the 2004 team that helped win a World Series. That doesn’t mean I’ll lament his leaving. In my mind, this is one of the best not-made deals, by whoever is pulling the front office strings. His defense is suspect, his arm is weak, and his speed is declining. His second half numbers last year were not great, due mostly to the way he plays the game – 100%, all-out. I have to think there is a “work hard, play hard” mentality in Damon, meaning God-only-knows what abuse he (and Michelle) put his body through off the field. None of that bodes well for years 3 and 4 of his contract. His comments leaving make Boston and 2004 seem like nothing to him. And that is truly a shame. He will never experience in New York what he had here. He’ll be another Mo Vaughn or Bruce Hurst, wishing he never left.
And what about that picture?
Damon: I am the..um..greatest lead-off hitter and now..um..I’ll be playing for the most storied..um..franchise in baseball. I am making..um..more money than I can ever..um..spend. And my wife..um..has really nice tits. I rule!
Torre: Is this guy serious. First A-Rod, now this? This isn’t my Yankees, this is the Island of Misfit Toys. What next, Dennis Rodman as clubhouse coach?
Cashman: What have I done. Steinbrenner is going to dice my balls for this. Headwarmer, where are you?