I found this quote from Johnny Damon (about his days in Beantown) to be interesting:
“I was such an integral part of that team, too. When I got there it was 25 guys and 25 cabs. Everybody was doing their own thing.
“I helped change the culture there. I helped them win a world championship. I made a difference on the field and in the clubhouse.”
There’s no way now to forecast the impact of Damon being out of the Sox clubhouse and moving to the Yankees clubhouse. In fact, do the Yankees even need help in the clubhouse?
I’ve heard whispers about there being a “Jeter’s guys” and “A-Rod’s followers” division in the Bronx. But, who knows, outside of those close to the team, if it’s true?
Perhaps Damon can serve as some comic relief – ala’ Mickey Rivers and/or Tim Raines – and act as a harmony unifier for the Yanks? And, perhaps his absence in Boston will be felt outside of the playing field?
We won’t know the answers to this until some time this summer. But, it’s worth keeping a pulse on once the season starts.