TSN: There’s a perception that the Yankees are corporate, the Red Sox more like a fraternity. Accurate?
DAMON: The guys we had in Boston definitely brought the fraternity and fun-loving side back to baseball. Over the years, the Red Sox fan base grew so much because of the players we had. We stepped out on the field and smiled, we goofed off and had long hair and dreads. Everybody dyed their hair or whatever, and we made baseball fun. People said, ‘This is the team I want to root for.’ I’m not sure they’re still that way because I’m not there.
New York has always been more corporate, but we’ve added some great personalities. Myself, Shawn Chacon, Jason Giambi — the whole world knows how great G is. A-Rod — he’s a great teammate, which is something I wouldn’t have realized on the outside looking in. Same with Gary Sheffield. The personalities on this team are incredible, and I think people will realize that this locker room isn’t like before.
Chacon, A-Rod, Giambi, Sheff………..but, no mention of Jeter? Hmm.