What follows below are sundry sour grapes and tearful reactions from memebrs of RSN on the Johnny Damon signing news – along with some thoughts that are just full of hate.
From Really Small Fish:
There ought to be a law that states no Red Sox player can ever go play with the Yankees (suck) ever. It just isn’t right. Look, I understand it’s business and a player needs to maximize the money he makes while he is in his prime, But it’s the Yankees (suck). Go ahead Georgie take JD. A year in NYC and he will be doing lines with Howard Stern off some strippers ass at Scores for the 6am eggs and legs show. And he throws like a girl.
Now the Red Sox nation knows why Theo Epstein resigned. He didn’t want to be in charge when Johnny Damon took the Yankee money and left a legion of fans who adore him.
From Misery Loves Company:
In the parlance of SOSH, Johnny was 1 of the 25, and for that he’ll always own a special place in my heart.
But Johnny Damon is also the first man to break my daughter’s heart, and for that I hope he takes his $52m and makes Yankee fans longingly recall Bernie Williams’ 2005 season. Enjoy your corporate haircut, Johnny – you’re dead to me.
The first day of winter is a cold one for Red Sox fans as we sit huddled together with a feeling that we wish wasn’t familiar. (Another) One of the most popular Red Sox players is no longer with us any more. Our team spokesman, our lead off hitter, our All Star Center Fielder, our free spirited idiot Johnny Damon is gone. Damon was supposedly the Red Sox number one priority this winter, now in losing him we are conceding him to our divisional (blood) rivals within our own division. For some reason I have a Beatles song off of the White Album rolling around in my mind with the incessant “Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine…” going over and over again in my imagination. For those of you a step back on the “Oh I get it Meter”, that’s Nine consecutive AL East titles I’m predicting for the New York Yankees.
From Love Lettuce:
The Yankees are like that friend you had in high school who waited until you had a serious crush on a boy, then she pounced. On that same boy. And stole him away, utterly sans remorse. In fact she wanted you to be happy for her.
Anyway, as far as I’m concerned, New York can have Johnny Damon. I am so over him. Whatever.
Damon got off to a good start with the Sox and the run lasted for four fine years. But now Damon is a 33 year old who has relied on speed for much of his success. What’s more, Damon hasn’t exactly shown a fanatical devotion to conditioning or clean living. If you were to list the players who might defy the odds of getting old, Damon wouldn’t be on it.
Johnny Damon is likely to enter a serious decline phase in his career. Soon. He’s likely to be injury prone. Added to the mix is that he’s arriving in New York with the same kind of fanfare that accompanied his arrival in Oakland, only this time with Big Apple level decibels rather than Oakland volume. He has not shown an ability to handle that kind of pressure in the past.
From New England Sports Rant:
Get ready Sox fans, it’s gonna be a long, long summer (and an even longer time before we win anything again).
From Stephanie Rowe:
Johnny Damon signed with the Yankees yesterday.
The Yankees. As in, bitter enemy who deserves no forgiveness for anything, including the mere fact they dare to exist.
Johnny Damon has been the spirit of the Red Sox. And now he goes across enemy lines?? I don’t understand it. He was offered $10m/year with the Sox, and he took $13m/year with the Yankees. When you’re making that much money, does three million really mean that much?
Johnny is going to be so sorry when he shows up for spring training and discovers that baseball is no longer a game and no longer supposed to be fun.
Sadly, I like him so much I can’t hate him for donning pinstripes. But man, I saw an awesome red sox santa hat today and I had to look away in pain.
From Advancing the Plot:
Johnny Damon has gone to the dark side. This is very hard to accept. For a mere $3 million more a year than the Red Sox were offering. So I don’t think it was money. I feel cheated on. He is already calling that team “we.”
Sniffle. I am sure going to miss the beard and Jesus-hair. Steinbrenner doesn’t allow any freedom of expression. Snip snip.
But we will get ours. I can’t wait for the booos to rain down on Johnny when he plays the Red Sox at Fenway Park this year. Roger Clemens is breathing a sign of relief.
Johnny Damon. Thanks for all you did. I hope at lease once, Andy Marte scores from second off you on a sacrifice fly to the triangle.
I hope this guy cuts his hair, shaves his beard and looks like a little bull queer. He was a king in Boston. He brought Boston a World Series, coined the team “the Idiots” and was, as sad it may sound, the “white face” of a city that is a pretty racist city.
Now he comes to New York, one of Mr. Steinrbenner’s troops. I hope that ugly swing and female throwing style choke.
From Bubba Ray’s Blog:
Given my newfound hatred for Johnny Damon, I dumped him from my Sox team on my PS2 video game (MVP 04), and replaced him with the man the Sox should have never dealt in the first place, Dave Roberts.
He broke a sacred rule in sports. He went from one side of a rivalry to the other. The Red Sox and the Yankees are supposed to hate each other. Thats the way it has always been. In the 50′s and 60′s when baseball meant something, no player would EVER switch sides on a rivalry for some extra cash or for any reason. In that day and age, both teams HATED each other, plain and simple. No player has so brashly moved from one side to the other since Wade Boggs left Boston and ruined his legacy here. We all still remember him with his porn stash riding a horse in Yankee pinstripes after their 1996 World Series victory. Simply put, Johnny Damon betrayed his country in the worst fashion possible, by joining the enemy.
They say revenge is a dish best served cold. It is very cold on the first day of winter. Fourteen months after Johnny Damon’s crushing ALCS performace against the hated New York Yankees, Damon has defected to the waiting arms, and wallet, of Steinbrenner’s men in stripes. And on this winter solstice, the Red Sox and their Nation begin their long, hard trek toward spring training. With 57 days remaining until pitchers and catchers report, Your Boston Red Sox have no short stop, no center-fielder, no known closer, no lead-off hitter, and two general managers.
From Witch City Sox Girl:
I am so disappointed in Johnny. It’s not like the Yankees offer included an extra couple of years. In fact, the money wasn’t much more, so I am puzzled as to the true motivation. The comments that he made on his way out were unforgivable. A-Rod’s first at-bat in Fenway was a rough one, but that’s nothing. You call that booing? Just wait. Johnny is going to get crucified. Fitting, I suppose with all the Jesus comparisons. The fans will be merciless.
From The Skits-O-Phrenics:
Last night I came across some news as one would come across a dropkick to the face off the top rope. Johnny Damon will be a New York Yankee next season. Now it was well known that he was fed up with the red sox management and wanted to change teams. It’s also well known that he is getting older and is slowing down some, and was stuck in a slump at the end of last year. So good, I’m perfectly fine with the fact that the sox lost him, make room for someone younger, more consistent, and less expensive.
But damn hell ass balls, the freakin yankees?!
From Tman In Tennessee:
Screw Steinbrenner, Screw Cashman, Screw the Chokees, and finally Screw that traitorous rat-bastard Johnny Unfrozen Caveman Damon. May the lord guide those double AA’s thrown from the Fenway Bleachers next year directly to your sizeable useless melon.
God hates me
Johnny Damon signed with the Evil Empire.
From Life on Planet Dan-E:
David “Big Papi” Ortiz may be the soul the Boston Red Sox but Johnny Damon was its scruffy Poster Boy, and now he’s gonna have to trim the Jesus look and play for the Yankees. Since I’m a little more objective about this and can say that I can’t really blame him for going to the Yankees. They clearly showed interest and aggressively pursued him and it’s actually been surprising just how lackadaisical the Sox front office was in trying to resign him. Seriously, management dropped the ball worse than Tony Graffanino during Game 2 against the White Sox.
From Finish My Wine dot Com:
The TV was on for about half a minute when I heard the report on ESPN. Goddammit. Why in the name of all that’s holy did the Sox let Johnny Damon get away? They knew the sumbitch Yankees were the only other real contender. They knew damn well what he does for the team in stats, spirit and image. And by all accounts, Damon went to play for the enemy only after giving the Sox several chances to get closer to an agreement. They wouldn’t budge, so he left.
Just when I was flying high on the Red Sox’s plan to GM by committee and send Theo Epstein packing, they go and do the unthinkable. Their offseason maneuvering was moving along fantastically. They had us all saying, “Theo who?” And now their cocky posturing has twisted the team on every front. Hell, I would’ve been happy had they traded away crybaby Manny Ramirez for a lesser bat or two, but getting rid of THE BEST LEADOFF HITTER IN THE GAME, a team leader, the face of the team, and perhaps the most popular Red Sox player since Rice or Boggs??? I mean, Damon even took Pedro’s place in the hearts of Sox fans in about the time it took the Accella to drop him at Times Square. What gives???
Thanks, John Henry, Larry, Ben and Jed. You look like the world’s biggest morons now. But you don’t have to deal with Yankee fans day to day, now do you? So we’re taking all the crap for you.
The next time that you hear from someone that the Yankees overpaid for Johnny Damon, point them to these quotes and tell them that you can buy this type of public relations for your enemy’s camp.