I really enjoyed Bob Nightengale’s feature in USA Today yesterday on Johnny Damon. This part caught my eye:
A’s fans greeted Giambi with signs that read “Money can’t buy you love” and “There’s no A in $ellout.” While Red Sox fans are wearing shirts that say, “Looks like Jesus, Acts like Judas, Throws like Mary,” Damon wants to believe they actually will forgive him.
“I don’t understand some people, using biblical terms to criticize me when this is just a game,” Damon says. “People saying some stupid things about me: ‘I’m a traitor. All I care about is money. I’m not grateful.’ It’s crazy. People have the right to say what they want, but as long as I can go to bed at night and look myself in the mirror, I’ll be all right. I know who I am. And I know I’m a good person.
“I mean, are people going to suddenly forget we won a World Series championship two years ago? Are they going to forget when I couldn’t lift my shoulder last year? Or that I played with dislocated fingers? Or that I played with a concussion when I couldn’t see right for months?
“I did everything I could for that organization, and now they want to forget all of that?”
Count on it Johnny. It will be instant amnesia on their part. Be prepared for it.