The Mighty Quinn Media Machine is showing no love for Johnny Damon today.
This made me wonder…if A-Rod opts out of his contract after this year, will Yankees fans feel the same about him (then) as Sox fans do about Damon (now)?
Would A-Rod have to sign with a rival to get the “Damon treatment”? Or, does it not matter – since A-Rod was not loved by all in New York, as Damon was in Boston?
Does it matter that Damon had it well in Boston and A-Rod’s had a rough go with the media and some fans in New York? Does this make it OK for Alex to leave?
Would it be any different for A-Rod in the Bronx, post-move, from the way that Seattle “welcomed back” Alex in 2001 or how Texas did in 2004?
If A-Rod opts out, what would be the reaction to him in Boston – assuming he does not sign there – as a visiting player at Fenway in a uniform other than the Yankees? (I think he might get the mock standing-O.)
Maybe teams can just make all Scott Boras clients where a special patch – so that the player can be booed all the time, no matter where he is playing? It’s what ends up happening in most places, anyway.