From Reuters -
U.S. baseball star Johnny Damon returned to his Thai roots amid great fanfare on Tuesday but the special Thanksgiving lunch laid on for him at a girls’ orphanage was less well received.
“Not very tasty, don’t like it,” was the general chorus as the girls, whose national “kitchen of the world” cuisine is fiery and flavorsome, warily eyed their portions of roast turkey.
New York Yankees player Damon, whose U.S. serviceman father met his mother while stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War, was on a two-day trip to Bangkok, returning to his mother’s homeland for the first time in 32 years.
“The last time I came I was two years old,” said Damon, who is considered one of the best leadoff hitters in Major League Baseball. “I’m sorry it’s taken so long.”
During the lunch, one of the girls asked him what he did for a living, prompting roars of laughter from everyone else. Another boldly asked why he had left World Series winners the Boston Red Sox to join their New York archrivals.
“Because they didn’t want me any more,” Damon answered with a broad grin.
Poor Johnny. He’s probably going to be asked about the Red Sox a lot this year. But, he’s right – they didn’t want him any more. That’s pretty clear now.