Damon 'Didn't Want to Leave Boston'

Just when the Johnny Damon headlines began to diminish in Boston, he thrusts himself right back into our lives. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Damon spoke to the media after taking batting practice yesterday about his decision to leave Boston and go to New York 4 years ago. Based on his comments, Damon must think Red Sox fans don’t remember him bashing the organization back in 2006.

I know they all hate the Yankees up there and they were mad I signed with them, but at the same time, I did what I thought was right. And, really, it ultimately worked out for them because they were able to win another championship in ’07 and then I was able to win one with the Yankees last year. – Johnny Damon

Damon went on to say, “With the Red Sox, I didn’t want to leave. But when it came down to it, I told the Red Sox what was out there, and $12 million more was tough to turn down.” Not so fast, slick. This a bullshit way of trying to get back in the good graces of Red Sox fans. If you really wanted to be in Boston, Johnny, then why did you bash the city and team after signing with New York?

Moving to New York was the best decision I ever made. Now I’m in a place that actually wants me. – Johnny Damon in an interview early in 2006

What Damon did on the field with Boston helped break the curse and win the World Series in 2004. His caveman persona made him a fan favorite, but that ended the second he started bashing the Red Sox. Playing for the Yankees was a business decision for Damon, and most in his shoes would have taken the extra money. I don’t have a problem with chasing the money, but I do have a problem with his not-so-subtle shots at the Red Sox organization.

I respect Damon for his contributions on the field with the Red Sox, but my respect for him ends there. Players get traded or sign with other teams daily and don’t find it necessary to insult their prior employer and then try to repair the relationship years later. The damage was done 4 years ago and his comments cannot be reversed by telling the media yesterday that it was tougher on him to leave Boston than it was to leave New York.

Good luck in Detroit, Damon. I look forward to hearing you put your foot in your mouth for years to come.

Tags: Boston Red Sox Detroit Tigers Johnny Damon New York Yankees

  • Brian

    Doesn’t appear Johnny D “bashed” the sox organization at all, just made mention of the fact that he felt good about being with a team that made him feel wanted.

    Sox fans in general turn on players as soon as they express any unhappiness playing for that team. It’s a very strange thing. Almost as if every ballplayer should consider himself blessed and eternally grateful for their time in boston. But it’s a 2-way street. When an employee feels disrespected by his employer and is made to feel overpaid and underappreciated, of course the natural thing to do would be to praise a team who gave him what he thought was fair value for his services.

    So Johnny D felt better about himself for making more money when his previous team told him he wasn’t worth that much. Who cares? What difference does it make? How does that reflect negatively on the sox at all?

    And why do we think that ballplayers don’t have the right – like those in every other profession – to chase every last dollar for their work? It’s hypocritical and unfair to view it like that…particularly when their employers are multi-BILLIONaires who realize ridiculous profits generated directly from the performance of these athletes.

    Stop drinking your team’s kool-aid about the players it parts with (Manny, Damon, Clemens, etc). The sox organization deserves at least some blame for cutting players who helped the organization win during their tenure (Clemens doesn’t apply obviously, but he did get them to a World Series)

  • frank

    This mercenary is clueless to his greed! He’ll play in Japan if the money is right.

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