From the Boston Globe:
Damon has played hurt and played tough. He’s brought the same intangibles to New York he did to Boston by taking pressure off his teammates, including answering endless questions from the media so others don’t have to.
“He’s got this great ability to bring everybody together for a common goal,” said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman between games of the doubleheader. “His toughness is unbelievable. He brings an infectious life into our clubhouse. Everything we always heard he did with the Red Sox, he’s doing here. We’re so pleased to have him.”
“I’m just so happy he’s on our side,” said Jason Giambi. “Everything you’ve read about him is true. He’s changed our clubhouse.”
In terms of influencing the team and playing well at the same time, in the last quarter-century, Paul O’Neill was a great pick-up for the Yankees. So was Tino Martinez – Jimmy Key too.
And, there were others, of course.
But, at this moment, Johnny Damon is right up there with the rest of them.
When this season is said and done, and you factor in everything (such as allowing Jeter to bat second where he’s a force), Johnny Damon might just be the Yankees M.V.P. this year – despite the fact that other players have better numbers.