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YankClipper5
02-09-06, 12:29 PM
http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/5316424

Article doesn't really reveal anything groundbreaking but the idea that Johnny did this kind of rubs me the wrong way. I know he meant a lot to those fans but he moved to the other side of the fence by his own will. Its not like he was traded or retired or something. I don't think its a big deal but I don't know that it is the best way to start off a relationship with Yankee fans. Any thoughts?

KevinBaseball
02-09-06, 12:40 PM
I'd be more pissed at him if I was a red sox fan.

Stryder2929
02-09-06, 12:47 PM
this is gonna generate so much crap honestly;.. i dont care, but im sure a lotof people do

DontHateOnNumber2
02-09-06, 12:51 PM
So many people (Sawks and Yankees fans) will give him s--t for this. It was a dumb move honestly, and no matter what they'll most likely boo him to hell in Boston just because he's wearing Yankee pinstripes. If he signed with the Chicago Cubs or Orioles or any other team then he'd be cheered out of appreciation for his years of service but Johnny Damon is now a Yankee meaning that he automatically gets booed to hell every at-bat in Fenway.

hardrain
02-09-06, 12:54 PM
I agree. It's going to anger both Yank and Red Sox fans. He made his decision, stop looking back.

flutie22
02-09-06, 01:05 PM
it doesnt change my view of damon, hes a yankee now...this isn't like when bledsoe took a page to thanks pats fans...he was out of a job...damon made a deci$ion to $ign with ny...

UncleSam
02-09-06, 01:10 PM
This was a nice, modest gesture by Johnny and it will win him some kudos from most Sox fans. It's pretty much the same thing that Bledsoe did when he went to the Bills. One of the main reasons Clemens was treated so badly when he left is that he said nothing to the fans when he headed to Toronto.

DaPip1998
02-09-06, 01:20 PM
it doesnt change my view of damon, hes a yankee now...this isn't like when bledsoe took a page to thanks pats fans...he was out of a job...damon made a deci$ion to $ign with ny...

Yes, what a horrible sentiment by him. Thanking Red Sox fans for their support while he played for that team, although he's made a business decision to take a higher offer with another team. Only unemployed athletes may thank such fans.

Hope we didn't disturb you from your non-paid position at (fill in the blank)charity.

justinvarnes
02-09-06, 01:28 PM
I think it is a nice gesture. this isn't a WAR. it's baseball. Damon is a person who gave plenty of happy memories to the Red Sox fans. The fans in turn showed their appreciation. Damon is trying to make sure those fans know that they mean something to him.

He signed with a team who wanted him more the Sox did. That has no bearing on the fans.

Nice move, Johnny. Don't listen to the troglodytes who take this team rivalry thing to an unhealthy level.

krystl
02-09-06, 02:33 PM
Heard about it on the radio this morning. DJ made a joke that it was because Johnny doesn't want to get booed at Fenway. :lol: (Honestly, I don't think it's gonna help!)

Either way, he felt a need to thank the fans, so I don't see it as a big deal.

Davios
02-09-06, 02:58 PM
I wouldn't see this as a big deal if it was the first time since his signing it has come up, but since he has been signed the guy has talked more about how much he loves the Sox than anything else. Personally I'm tiring of it seeing as how if he was responsible enough to take the money he should be responsible enough to realize what organization he is now a part of ,rather than sound like a whining child who in reality wants to go back to Boston. I have been behind Damon since he signed, but I can't help but feel a bit put off by him considering he is focusing on his past time far more than he is on the present.

NYYMazda
02-09-06, 03:04 PM
I don't see anything wrong with this. He just wants the fans to know he appreciates them. More professional athletes should be so respectful. I don't think he did this not to get booed, but if I was a sux fan, i wouldn't boo him.

yanksrule69
02-09-06, 03:04 PM
He really annoys me. Guy can't live without making himself a news story every day. Ugh.

YankClipper5
02-09-06, 03:06 PM
This was a nice, modest gesture by Johnny and it will win him some kudos from most Sox fans. It's pretty much the same thing that Bledsoe did when he went to the Bills. One of the main reasons Clemens was treated so badly when he left is that he said nothing to the fans when he headed to Toronto.

As much as I support Damon as a Yankee and look forward to a strong season on his part, I just don't see this as the case. Sox fans WILL NOT support a Yankee. It is probably an even bigger sting because he left for Yankee money, Boston was not opposed to bringing him back the way the Pats were with Bledsoe. Roger and Damon will receive the same treatment. I just think that if Damon wanted to sign here, he should let go of Boston. As a Sox fan it almost seems as a slap in the face. As a Yankee fan, its just plain puzzling.

Panamaniac42
02-09-06, 03:07 PM
I wouldn't have a problem with this, but the gesture is almost 50 days too late.

With ST closing in on us, it's a time for looking ahead to new beginnings, a new season with a new organization, new teammates, new fans.

Who the hell does Johnny's PR work that they didn't think of doing this back in December and pull it off now.

Nice thought, but poor timing. Stop looking back Johnny. It reminds me of the first semester freshman year of college when everyone is saying how much they miss high school and all their "friends".

YankClipper5
02-09-06, 03:12 PM
I wouldn't have a problem with this, but the gesture is almost 50 days too late.

With ST closing in on us, it's a time for looking ahead to new beginnings, a new season with a new organization, new teammates, new fans.

Who the hell does Johnny's PR work that they didn't think of doing this back in December and pull it off now.

Nice thought, but poor timing. Stop looking back Johnny. It reminds me of the first semester freshman year of college when everyone is saying how much they miss high school and all their "friends".

Not bad, maybe something he could have done just prior to signing....

Evil Empire
02-09-06, 03:23 PM
Good. Now he should cut his ties to RSN.

parkerstrong
02-09-06, 04:20 PM
I think this was a good idea for JD. We all knew he enjoyed his stay in Boston and he wanted to thank the fans for part of that. I dont see anything wrong with this....this is the final good-bye. (IMO)

Sam18
02-09-06, 04:50 PM
Wait till he gets plunked by Schilling and the fenway crowd cheers. I wonder what Johnny will be thinking then. Other than the money of course.

brosiusbuddy
02-09-06, 04:56 PM
http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/5316424

Article doesn't really reveal anything groundbreaking but the idea that Johnny did this kind of rubs me the wrong way. I know he meant a lot to those fans but he moved to the other side of the fence by his own will. Its not like he was traded or retired or something. I don't think its a big deal but I don't know that it is the best way to start off a relationship with Yankee fans. Any thoughts?

As a Yankee fan, there are going to be lots of players that come and go and I'm not going to love all of them. Damon will be one of those. He'll be here for 4 years and depending on what he does on the field I'll either appreciate his efforts or think he's a chump. I don't care what he does with the media.

NewEraYanks2527
02-09-06, 05:09 PM
His true colors are not Red or Yankee blue, they are green, we all know that so who cares what he does as long as he produces this year. Now if he has a ................ty year, then I will have a problem with him.

Evil Empire
02-09-06, 05:12 PM
His true colors are not Red or Yankee blue, they are green, we all know that so who cares what he does as long as he produces this year. Now if he has a ................ty year, then I will have a problem with him.

Oakland green?

noneckwilliams
02-09-06, 05:18 PM
It's pretty sickening.

He's despised now in Boston and there's no turning back.

I don't think NYY fans are ever really gonna embrace the guy. I know I won't.

StaceyRosie
02-09-06, 05:38 PM
He needs to let go. No matter what he says or does people are going to burn his jersey and/or boo him.

Davios
02-09-06, 06:00 PM
I don't think NYY fans are ever really gonna embrace the guy. I know I won't.


Ya know, when we signed him I completely wanted to back the guy. I felt like he could bring not just his offensive ability, but I felt liek he might be the one guy who could MAYBE bring that clubhouse a bit closer. With the way he has gone about the entire situation practically openly stating "I want to be somewhere else, but I'm getting paid here.", however, I tend to agree with you that i will never embrace him. It's one thing to feel that way, and in many ways I would expect him to, but it's another to all but proclaim it at every opportunity.

SoCal Pinstriper
02-09-06, 06:26 PM
:snooze: :snooze: :snooze:

ZIM 2002
02-09-06, 06:27 PM
I agree that he's giving too much of a feeling that he still wishes he were back in Boston, rather than being ready to move on. Baseball is such a mental game that unless he gives up the regrets and starts focusing on being a Yankee, he may find himself not having the kind of year everyone wants and expects. THAT would bother me more than his ad!

clarko
02-09-06, 06:30 PM
I thought it was a decent thing to do, esp for the young fans. Then I read this and imagined it could possibly help him to sell his $5 million home near Fenway.
http://www.observer.com/20060213/20060213_Michael_Calderone_finance_manhattantransfers.asp

kind of a good will (peace) gesture smoothing the way to a side benefit- unloading his house in a hostile market. maybe it didn't even cross his mind.
k

NyQuil
02-09-06, 06:49 PM
I don't think NYY fans are ever really gonna embrace the guy. I know I won't.

I will.

Sam18
02-09-06, 06:56 PM
It's pretty sickening.

He's despised now in Boston and there's no turning back.

I don't think NYY fans are ever really gonna embrace the guy. I know I won't.

Wait till he gets a game tying RBI double in the 6th inning of a game against Tampa in April. You'll like him.

NewEraYanks2527
02-09-06, 07:08 PM
Oakland green? Oh please, nobody is ever Oakland green, except for Canseco but I'm not really sure what color steriods turn your insides.

bagger015
02-09-06, 07:22 PM
:snooze: :nopity::snooze: :uhh: :snooze: :wtf: :snooze:

DandyAndy46
02-09-06, 07:29 PM
Who the hell cares. We all root for laundry anyway. I don't understand why Damon needs to be "accepted" by Yankee fans...first and foremost we all root for the logo on the front. If he does well he'll be liked. If he doesn't do well he won't be liked. I really don't care if he thanked the Boston fans or not, I just want him to go out and play well, that is all that matters

DandyAndy46
02-09-06, 07:32 PM
His true colors are not Red or Yankee blue, they are green, we all know that so who cares what he does as long as he produces this year. Now if he has a ................ty year, then I will have a problem with him.

I don't know why Damon should be chastised for seeking more money...If someone offered any of us the same job we have now but at a higher salary wouldn't we jump at the offer???

goin for 27
02-09-06, 07:48 PM
Classy move by Damon. I applaud it. The ad thanks the Boston fans for the past, it says nothing about trying like hell to beat them in the future.

Damon is an idiot, his book is a joke, but he does have a good heart. I live in CT, and was listening to a WEEI feed from Rhode Island one day, as the FAN was too much static. It was an interview with Mirabelli, and the discussion came up about World Series Shares. The Red Sox players voted much more per share to everyday employees than any other team prior. Mirabelli said that Damon got up at the meeting, and gave an impassioned speech, saying how so many of these employees will never make any real money, and here is an opportunity to really help these folks out. The team went along with it, and everyday folk were getting up to $150K, depending on their role. Good stuff.

DandyAndy46
02-09-06, 07:51 PM
Classy move by Damon. I applaud it. The ad thanks the Boston fans for the past, it says nothing about trying like hell to beat them in the future.

Damon is an idiot, his book is a joke, but he does have a good heart. I live in CT, and was listening to a WEEI feed from Rhode Island one day, as the FAN was too much static. It was an interview with Mirabelli, and the discussion came up about World Series Shares. The Red Sox players voted much more per share to everyday employees than any other team prior. Mirabelli said that Damon got up at the meeting, and gave an impassioned speech, saying how so many of these employees will never make any real money, and here is an opportunity to really help these folks out. The team went along with it, and everyday folk were getting up to $150K, depending on their role. Good stuff.

:clap::clap::clap:

flutie22
02-10-06, 01:13 AM
Yes, what a horrible sentiment by him. Thanking Red Sox fans for their support while he played for that team, although he's made a business decision to take a higher offer with another team. Only unemployed athletes may thank such fans.

Hope we didn't disturb you from your non-paid position at (fill in the blank)charity.

i didnt mean that it wasnt a nice sentiment but im not interested in it...you signed with the yankees...see ya later...what do you expect? a standing ovation? you come to fenway in pinstripes, you're gonna get booed. end of story...he was great when he was here, but it's over. move on johnny.

BobbyMurcerFan
02-10-06, 01:50 AM
Is Damon going to be the New A-Rod? Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't?

Panamaniac42
02-10-06, 02:03 AM
Is Damon going to be the New A-Rod? Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't?

Nothing compares to ARod, that poor bastard.

Damon will play out his contract, finish up somewhere else, and go immerse himself in Boston again.

With the Yankees being his pimp for the next 4 years I hope that the ho produces.

I wish I could root for the guy on a deeper level instead of it being just a business arrangement, but it happens these days.

NewEraYanks2527
02-10-06, 07:36 AM
I don't know why Damon should be chastised for seeking more money...If someone offered any of us the same job we have now but at a higher salary wouldn't we jump at the offer??? When did I ever chastise him? I don't chastise him at all for what he did, the point is that Damon is not a member of the Red Sox at heart, he followed the money like everyone does, I don't blame anyone for taking 52 mill, but you have to remember, this is the guy who said he would never come to the Yankees and then he bolts for the money, that was a knife in the back of Red Sox fans really to have someone so adamently opposed to joining the Yankees and then they turn around and sign with them the first chance they get. Had Johnny never said anything about not joining the Yankees than it would not have been such a big deal this offseason for some people. Personally I don't give a ................ why he came here, I just want to see production.

YankClipper5
02-10-06, 08:45 AM
Is Damon going to be the New A-Rod? Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't?

I feared making it sound that way when I started the thread but I don't think its the case. A-Rod sang the Yankee company line since his arrival, hes just accused of being fake. If he had taken out an ad thanking the fans of Arlington after forcing the rangers hand pretty much into a trade it would be a different story. Either way, we know Johnny is here for the money, I just think he should get over it, accept that he did it for the dollars and let Boston go, he can publish an entire newspaper devoted to his appreciation of Boston and still get booed when he goes there. He should be working to embrace NY fans, similar to what A-Rod did, even if people took it as fake.

noneckwilliams
02-10-06, 09:12 AM
Is Damon going to be the New A-Rod? Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't?

Damon has made it clear in 4 or 5 interviews since the signing that he enjoyed his time in Boston and will miss the fans. The ad was overkill and IMO an insult to Yankees fans.

He's pretty much in No Man's Land now.

DaPip1998
02-10-06, 09:22 AM
The ad was overkill and IMO an insult to Yankees fans.

Why? To say he enjoyed played for the Red Sox fans while he played for that team? How does that insult me?

Hell, I wouldn't care if he called Keith Foulke to apologize after hitting a game winning HR against him.......

He's on my team and I'll root for him to play well. Other than that, it's not my concern.

silverdsl
02-10-06, 09:32 AM
The ad was overkill and IMO an insult to Yankees fans.
I don't understand how thanking fans who were unbelievably supportive of him is an insult to Yankee fans. Would it still be an insult if Damon had played for the Pirates and he thanked Pirate fans?

Personally I think it's an outstanding gesture for Damon to thank Red Sox fans and I wish more players found ways to show their appreciation for the fans and not just when they were moving on to a new team.

-Deborah

gszabo
02-10-06, 09:34 AM
I think it's just his nature to be friendly. My evidence for this statement? Back around 1999-2000, when Damon was with the Royals, we were standing outside the players' exit after a game. Damon came out and was signing autographs. We used to hang out there a lot after games - before the security overreaction to 9/11 you could stay there - and he was the <b>only</b> player I saw who signed autographs after the game.

so i think it's great. We have a talented new CFer, and Red Sox fans have a nice goodby from a high-class guy. works for me!

noneckwilliams
02-10-06, 09:52 AM
I don't understand how thanking fans who were unbelievably supportive of him is an insult to Yankee fans. Would it still be an insult if Damon had played for the Pirates and he thanked Pirate fans?



-Deborah

Nope - but surely you recognize the difference between Pittsburgh and Boston in this context. He has stated his appreciation over and over. The ad was not necessary.


Why? To say he enjoyed played for the Red Sox fans while he played for that team? How does that insult me?

Hell, I wouldn't care if he called Keith Foulke to apologize after hitting a game winning HR against him.......

He's on my team and I'll root for him to play well. Other than that, it's not my concern.

He has stated repeatedly for 2 months how much he liked playing in Boston. The time to place an ad has passed. All this repsect and solicitousness towards RS fans makes me ill - especially since many are already trashing the guy and it will only get worse as the years roll on.

flutie22
02-10-06, 11:23 AM
this guy sums it all up.

By Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff

It is certainly odd timing, to say the least.
Former Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon took out a full-page ad in today's Boston Globe thanking the fans whom he played in front of for four seasons. However, the gesture comes almost two months following his defection to the Yankees, which, while not technically an etiquette calamity, is a bit perplexing.

Again, how can we miss him if he won't go away?

Dated Feb. 8, his letter reads: "Many thanks to the fans of New England and the city of Boston. It was an honor and a privilege."

That's it. Damon is not the first athlete to publish such an ad, of course. Most notably, Drew Bledsoe and Mo Vaughn made similar gestures on their way out of town. But those were submitted the same week as their departure, not 10 days before spring training with their new teams.

Let's not forget this "honor and privilege" comes a week after he told the press in New York how unhappy Manny Ramirez is playing in Boston. He wants the slugger join him with the Yankees. David Ortiz, too.

It also comes a week after he said was starting to feel "like a Yankee" and was looking forward to discussing "the Yankee way" with team owner George Steinbrenner. It comes a week after he told radio host David Lee Roth how he and his kids shared a cry after he told them the Red Sox didn't want him.

Johnny Damon has spent all his time lately convincing himself and the world what a great decision it was to move on to the Yankees. If this is his desperate attempt at making sure he doesn't completely destroy his legacy in Boston -- a motion that would have been an act of class on Dec. 21 -- is today far too little, and much too late.

costanza35
02-10-06, 12:01 PM
would have been one thing had he done it within the few days after signing with the yanks, but at this point, with pitchers and catchers reporting in less than a week, his primary focus and concern should be on his new team and being a great leadoff hitter for a lineup that has the potential to be one of the best ever. If he has thin skin and is worried about the reception he'll get when he returns to fenway, then things could get real ugly for him if he doesnt produce here in NY.

DaPip1998
02-10-06, 12:09 PM
this guy sums it all up.

By Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff


Let's not forget this "honor and privilege" comes a week after he told the press in New York how unhappy Manny Ramirez is playing in Boston. He wants the slugger join him with the Yankees. David Ortiz, too.

It also comes a week after he said was starting to feel "like a Yankee" and was looking forward to discussing "the Yankee way" with team owner George Steinbrenner. It comes a week after he told radio host David Lee Roth how he and his kids shared a cry after he told them the Red Sox didn't want him.

.


Yes, he sums up how childlish this 'fan' reaction is. Damon's statements about Manny and Ortiz relate to the Red Sox organization. He's also doing a little work to help his new team (and endearing himself to George).

That should have NOTHING to do with how he feels about the Boston fans. Maybe some of these 'fans' should grow up and realize there is a difference between a team and its fans. I am not 'part' of the Yankees because I root for them. Nor are any Red Sox fan 'part' of the Red Sox, notwithstanding this whole RSN thing.

And I didn't realize there was a statute of limitations on how long someone can thank his fans. Maybe Damon wanted to wait until football ended and people started focusing on baseball.

Again, the words 'childish' and 'naive' come to mind when I see these reactions to professional athletes.

CoyoteYankee
02-10-06, 12:36 PM
I don't think NYY fans are ever really gonna embrace the guy.

If he ever wanted to embrace me, I sure as hell wouldn't push him away!

StaceyRosie
02-10-06, 12:38 PM
If he ever wanted to embrace me, I sure as hell wouldn't push him away!

:roflmao:

Blasphemy!

MisterNovember
02-10-06, 01:01 PM
Who the hell cares? As a Yankee fan, I'm glad to see that Damon has some appreciation for his fans, Red Sox or otherwise. From the RSN perspective, I don't understand how you can trash the guy for trying to make a nice gesture. If he'd gone to the Cubs, RSN would be falling all over themselves to call Damon "classy", and to use his ad as proof that they are the best and most loyal fans in the known cosmos. However, because he went to the Yankees, immature Sox fans feel the need to criticize his every move. Ridiculous.

The big question is, when does John Flaherty take out an ad in the Post???

BillBuckner
02-10-06, 01:04 PM
Haha, I love it.

Davios
02-10-06, 03:12 PM
Nope - but surely you recognize the difference between Pittsburgh and Boston in this context. He has stated his appreciation over and over. The ad was not necessary.


I can't agree with you more. It is one thing for him to state how much he appreciated and will miss the Red Sox fans, however, it is another entirely to continue to do it over and over even though you now play for their main rival. It is more than anythign else, disrespectful to Yankee fans and the Yankee organization in that he is basically continually reminding all of us that in a perfect world he would be doing everything he could to beat our heads in. If you feel that way then so be it, but I should not have to hear about it.

StatenIslandYankee
02-10-06, 03:35 PM
As a Yankee fan, I have no problem with it.

YankClipper5
02-10-06, 03:53 PM
The big question is, when does John Flaherty take out an ad in the Post???

Flats has always been a closet Sox guy, I don't think I am alone in thinking he was the chief fault in 04's loss. Nor am I alone in thinking he has been a double agent all along :P

El Moose
02-10-06, 04:35 PM
He spent a few pretty good years in Boston. Put up a career year, won a championship and regularly reached the playoffs. Not to mention becoming a fan favorite. These petty Sox-Yankees rivalry spats are beneath the actual players. From his perspective, he's leaving a job and city that gave him lots of good memories for a new opportunity and wants to acknowledge a pretty good time in his life.

silverdsl
02-10-06, 04:49 PM
Btw, I wonder if the reason why Damon didn't do this ad sooner has anything to do with there not being space in the paper until now?

-Deborah

StaceyRosie
02-10-06, 04:53 PM
Btw, I wonder if the reason why Damon didn't do this ad sooner has anything to do with there not being space in the paper until now?

-Deborah

Deborah stop being reasonable. You know it's because he's a kissass ;)

ericns1
02-10-06, 10:09 PM
I thought it was classy and if it gives him closure fine - he is a Yankee and knows it and just wanted to say goodbye to the Boston fans - I wish Pettitte would have done that with us

AndThenThereWasTino
02-11-06, 02:38 AM
this guy sums it all up.

By Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff

It is certainly odd timing, to say the least.
Former Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon took out a full-page ad in today's Boston Globe thanking the fans whom he played in front of for four seasons. However, the gesture comes almost two months following his defection to the Yankees, which, while not technically an etiquette calamity, is a bit perplexing.

Again, how can we miss him if he won't go away?

Dated Feb. 8, his letter reads: "Many thanks to the fans of New England and the city of Boston. It was an honor and a privilege."

That's it. Damon is not the first athlete to publish such an ad, of course. Most notably, Drew Bledsoe and Mo Vaughn made similar gestures on their way out of town. But those were submitted the same week as their departure, not 10 days before spring training with their new teams.

Let's not forget this "honor and privilege" comes a week after he told the press in New York how unhappy Manny Ramirez is playing in Boston. He wants the slugger join him with the Yankees. David Ortiz, too.

It also comes a week after he said was starting to feel "like a Yankee" and was looking forward to discussing "the Yankee way" with team owner George Steinbrenner. It comes a week after he told radio host David Lee Roth how he and his kids shared a cry after he told them the Red Sox didn't want him.

Johnny Damon has spent all his time lately convincing himself and the world what a great decision it was to move on to the Yankees. If this is his desperate attempt at making sure he doesn't completely destroy his legacy in Boston -- a motion that would have been an act of class on Dec. 21 -- is today far too little, and much too late.
You're one of us now Damon.... Stop crying about it already and take the field.

NYYWilliams51
02-11-06, 03:48 PM
This was a nice, modest gesture by Johnny and it will win him some kudos from most Sox fans. It's pretty much the same thing that Bledsoe did when he went to the Bills. One of the main reasons Clemens was treated so badly when he left is that he said nothing to the fans when he headed to Toronto.

Clemens was treated very warmly when he returned to Fenway Park as a member of the Blue Jays. When he became a Yankee is when Boston fans turned on him.

Martini6196
02-11-06, 04:56 PM
You're one of us now Damon.... Stop crying about it already and take the field.

I kind of agree with this statement. I understand that he wants the fans to know how he felt about them but enough is enough. I hope this is the last we hear of Johnny and how much he loved Boston. He didn't just switch teams. He went to his teams hated rival.

Hey Johnny, it's time to put on the pinstripes and stick it to your former employer and go get #27.

BW51
02-12-06, 09:58 PM
dunno if this was already posted...

but here's a picture of the ad:

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/photo?slug=bx10102081953.damon_thanks_boston_bx101&prov=ap

Dave Visbeck
02-12-06, 10:27 PM
All I have to say is he's my favorite current Yankee player.

27IsNext
02-12-06, 11:10 PM
Oh give it a rest, all of you. Playing in Boston obviously meant a lot to him--there's nothing at all wrong in thanking the fans there for his support. I think it speaks a lot of his character to go out of his way to speak his gratitude to everyone in New England, knowing full and well the backlash he could recieve for it. Be grateful that we got a CFer and quit crying.

This is doing nothing more than triggering the pre-concieved notions in your heads dealing with whether or not we should have signed Damon in the first place. He's no more a baby than any of you are for turning this molehill into a mountain.

BostonYankeeBoy
02-13-06, 12:14 AM
Oh give it a rest, all of you. Playing in Boston obviously meant a lot to him--there's nothing at all wrong in thanking the fans there for his support. I think it speaks a lot of his character to go out of his way to speak his gratitude to everyone in New England, knowing full and well the backlash he could recieve for it. Be grateful that we got a CFer and quit crying.

This is doing nothing more than triggering the pre-concieved notions in your heads dealing with whether or not we should have signed Damon in the first place. He's no more a baby than any of you are for turning this molehill into a mountain.

You are right and I have no problem with what he said. JD was not your average player there either, he obviously was a good cf there but just as important he changed the baseball culture in Boston. He was the face of the Red Sox. If he wants to thank the fans who gave him such great memories let him. In the end Damon is a Yankee and as long as he gives it his all out there I will embrace him as Yankee.

27IsNext
02-13-06, 12:20 AM
I'll embrace him if he hits well, takes walks, and fields decently for four years. This is a PERSONAL issue, and should be looked at as an outside-the-clubhouse thing, NOT as to where his loyalties lie.

gdn
02-13-06, 12:28 AM
All I have to say is he's my favorite current Yankee player.What about Mike Myers?

BostonYankeeBoy
02-13-06, 12:36 AM
Though the thank you was a nice gesture I still think he will get boed. I was kinda bored so I was looking at the new anti-yanks shirts (like the yankees suck shirts and other crap like that) and the anti-damon shirts are pretty harsh. Worst one had to be the shirt that said crucify johnny with a crucifix made of two baseball bats pictured on it. I wonder if that shirt will become the new fan favorite at fenway.

BobbyMurcerFan
02-13-06, 01:55 AM
All I have to say is he's my favorite current Yankee player.*finger* J/K ;). Actually I think Carl Pavano should have him beat for that distinction. :mad:

BobbyMurcerFan
02-13-06, 02:32 AM
Nope - but surely you recognize the difference between Pittsburgh and Boston in this context. He has stated his appreciation over and over. The ad was not necessary...

He has stated repeatedly for 2 months how much he liked playing in Boston. The time to place an ad has passed. All this repsect and solicitousness towards RS fans makes me ill - especially since many are already trashing the guy and it will only get worse as the years roll on.And surely you realize that Johnny Damon cannot be held responsible for the fact that his former team was the Red Sox and not the Pirates.

And you probably also realize that Red Sox's front office was not very aggressive in re-signing Damon. So no matter what he may have previously said, the vibe from the Red Sox's decision makers (whomever they may be??) was "We don't see you as an crucial part of our plan for the future."

The guy helped the Boston Red Sox win a WS for the first time since trading Babe Ruth. Their fans LOVED him and the feeling seemed mutual. That he took out an ad thanking them, seemed like a classy move to me.

27IsNext
02-13-06, 12:03 PM
And surely you realize that Johnny Damon cannot be held responsible for the fact that his former team was the Red Sox and not the Pirates.

And you probably also realize that Red Sox's front office was not very aggressive in re-signing Damon. So no matter what he may have previously said, the vibe from the Red Sox's decision makers (whomever they may be??) was "We don't see you as an crucial part of our plan for the future."

The guy helped the Boston Red Sox win a WS for the first time since trading Babe Ruth. Their fans LOVED him and the feeling seemed mutual. That he took out an ad thanking them, seemed like a classy move to me.

Exactly. This has absolutely nothing to do with the Red Sox organization, and everything to do with their fans. It's sad that stories like these are even an issue.

It really is time for the season to start.

DontHateOnNumber2
02-13-06, 12:20 PM
He really annoys me. Guy can't live without making himself a news story every day. Ugh.

We're talking about Johnny Damon, not Curt Schilling. ;)