Okay, this is just fucking awesome. I love Johnny Damon, and his team, Thailand, will be playing the Philippines on Wednesday, GUH.
I hope he gets back to the MLB and gets his 3,000 hits.
“By picking Tigers over Red Sox, Damon chose Yankees over Red Sox. If his allegiance were not clear five years ago, it is today.”
Lee Jenkins, SI.com
I would like to be the first to invite Johnny Damon to Old Timer’s Day immediately following his retirement. If it weren’t already so, Johnny Damon is now officially a Yankee for life.
Heart ya, Johnny.
Thanks for everything, Johnny. Don’t hurt us at the plate this year, ‘kay? (Though you probably will.)
(Photo of Johnny Damon, who signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Detroit Tigers, by Ernst Peters / the Ledger via the New York Times)
Damon? Still safe.
(Photo: Chang W. Lee / the New York Times)
“I kept chasing that slider down, and I was able to force it to 3-2, and then I kept sitting slider and he kept throwing fastball. They really don’t teach you to do it that way. They normally always tell you to look fastball because if you sit slider, it would be too tough to catch up to a fastball. But I felt like his slider made me look silly on a couple pitches, so I kept sitting slider and just reacted to the fastball.”
Yankees outfielder JOHNNY DAMON, on the art of hitting - specifically with two out in the top of the ninth, tied score during Game Four of the World Series facing Phillies “closer” Brad Lidge.
Ineloquent or not, I could listen to Johnny Damon describe that whole at-bat over and over again.
From right to left: the guy who scored the game-tying run; the guy who scored the game-winning run.
(Photo of a dashing Johnny Damon outrunning the Phillies’ Pedro Feliz by Barton Silverman / the New York Times)
From right to left:
Let’s go Yankees.
Johnny Damon, touching home plate, like you’re supposed to.
(Photo: Damian Strohmeyer / Sports Illustrated)
And, fucking awesome photo. Just awesome.
(Photo of Johnny Damon scoring on his homer in the eighth whilst Angel catcher Mike DiNapoli cries over spilt milk by Mike Blake / Reuters via the NY Times)