From the Daily News:
The high-flying Rangers are becoming quite the celebrity draw. But Rangers fans don’t shower their affections on just any pretty face that appears on the center-ice video board.
New Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon, who arrived with stubble on his face, learned that when he heard a mixture of boos and cheers on being introduced to the crowd midway through yesterday’s romp over the Penguins. A couple of minutes later, Giants running back Tiki Barber received a standing ovation when his face appeared on the video screen.
After the game, Damon visited with Jaromir Jagr. The Rangers’ star, an avid fan of all sports, asked Damon when Manny Ramirez was going to join him in New York. No word what the answer was.
Makes sense. Probably 45% of the fans there were Yankees fans. And, another 45% were Mets fans – with another 10% being either Red Sox fans or fans of some other team not the Yankees.
The odds were in the favor (55%) of Damon getting booed.
As far as Tiki’s hand, well, maybe people mistook him for Mr. Potato Head? No one would ever boo Mr. Potato Head.