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|Red Sox Nation certainly voiced its displeasure at Johnny Damon Monday night.|
But that wasn't the real test. Damon's true baptism came when Fenway announcer Carl Beane told us, "Leading off for the Yankees, the center fielder, Johnny Damon." When he did, down came the boos sure, there were a few people standing up and cheering, but you had to squint pretty hard and listen very closely to make them out. It didn't matter that Damon took a step back and tipped his hat to the crowd (something the beloved Ted Williams never did) -- the Nation's mind was made up as soon as Judas Damon put pen to Yankee paper. I just didn't get it. I didn't get anyone who would take the time to boo Damon. Forget about his time in Boston. The 2004 season, the concussion in Oakland in 2003 all that stuff should be recognized, but forget all that. Just think of it this way -- if you knew you could walk away from your old car tomorrow and get a newer, better one at a much lower price, would you do it? Theo Epstein would -- and he did. My fellow citizens of Red Sox Nation tend to forget what we learned not too long ago in the winter of 2003. Remember, without Theo's killer presentation at the Family Schilling's Thanksgiving feast and the MLBPA telling A-Rod he couldn't change his contract, we very easily could be looking at Curt Schilling, Yankees ace, and Alex Rodriguez, Red Sox shortstop. We love this game, but it's still just a business. The only people who should be booing are the ones who have about $1,834 worth of Damon, Pedro and Nomar jerseys gathering dust in their closet. (Obviously these are not the people who threw cash at Damon from the center field bleachers. Dude! One of those was a $20! Everyone knows no joke involving the tossing away of currency should exceed Mr. Lincoln status.) So, sorry to everyone who tossed out their "Johnny Is My Homeboy" T-shirts, and even more apologies for those who bought their "Looks Like Jesus, Acts Like Judas, Throws Like Mary" T-shirts Monday night. You're missing the big picture. The Red Sox are better off without him. Now think about it again -- Johnny Damon, New York Yankee. You have to admit, that doesn't look nearly as awful as it did in December. And watching Damon take the field wasn't like watching the Rocket in the Canyon of Heroes in '99. This wasn't Wade Boggs on the horse in '96. Remember this, citizens: As of right now, we have the last laugh, and the last ring. Now, if Big Papi or Manny ever left you know what, let's not even think about it.
|It's going to take most Yankee fans a while to get used to Damon in this uniform.|