TAMPA, Fla. -- New York owner George Steinbrenner and new
Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon talked in person Thursday for
the first time since the former Boston Red Sox star agreed to a $52
million, four-year contract in December.
"He definitely wants to win," Damon said.
Damon spent an hour at Legends Field, which is the Yankees'
spring training home and where Steinbrenner has an office. He
toured the facility and also had a "great time" talking with the
"It's the one thing in my offseason I was really looking
forward to," Damon said. "We've talked before, but to see him as
a Yankee, it means a lot to me."
An All-Star in 2002 and 2005, Damon takes over the leadoff spot
in the batting order, with Derek Jeter moving back down to No. 2.