Johnny Damon has left the Red Sox and signed as a free agent with the hated Yankees. Johnny: Thank you very much for 2004 and our much cherished World Series championship. The Red Sox Nation is now free to hate you. Yeah, it’s a business (where you get paid $52 million over 4 years) and there is no room for sentimentality on either the owners or players side of the equation. BUT THE YANKEES?
Granted, the spirit of the idiots is mostly gone–Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe, Bill Mueller, Nomar Garciapara, Orlando Cabrera, Dave Roberts, Kevin Millar, Doug Mientkiwicz, Doug Mirabelli, Mark Bellhorn–now Damon. For those of you counting that’s 1st Base (two), 2nd Base, Shortstop (two), 3rd base, Centerfield, Starting Pitcher (two), back-up catcher and reserve utility/baserunner. BUT THE YANKEES?
The cupboard is not bare–David Ortiz, Jason Varitek, Manny Ramirez (for now), David Schilling, Bronson Arroyo, Tim Wakefield, Trot Nixon, Keith Foulke, Mike Timlin remain. It remains to be seen how the pick ups from the last two years work out–some have already been discarded. Time to suck it up, because we have to BEAT THE YANKEES!
My favorite response to this development? Blogger Gen X at 40’s comment about the thousands of pieces of Johnny Damon memorabilia meant for young Red Sox fans that are being thrown into the garbage, 4 days before Christmas.