Via Newsday -
Three weeks from today, the best players in the American and National leagues will line up along the baselines at Yankee Stadium for the 79th All-Star Game. At least two and as many as six will be Yankees.
Johnny Damon wants to be one of them.
“I’m ready to go out and prove myself as one of the better guys in the game,” the left fielder said Sunday. “There’s been so many All-Star Games where I felt like I deserved to go. I feel like I’ve missed a couple and going toward the end of my career, three times sounds better than two.”
It appears that Manny Ramirez, Josh Hamilton, and Ichiro Suzuki will be voted to the team.
Ramirez and Hamilton deserve to be on the team. Ichiro? I suppose, based on past performance, he has a case. After those three, Milton Bradley, Grady Sizemore, and J.D. Drew deserve to be on the team as well.
Then, it gets interesting. It’s a battle between Jack Cust, B.J. Upton, Nick Markakis, and Carlos Quentin – along with Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui – to maybe make the team as another reserve outfielder.
If Brian Roberts and Bobby Crosby make the team, maybe that takes Nick Markakis and Jack Cust out of the picture? And, if Joe Crede is chosen to back-up A-Rod at third (and he should be!) then maybe that takes Carlos Quentin out of the mix?
Damon’s biggest speed bumps may be B.J. Upton and Hideki Matsui.
From a Yankees fan perspective, if it came down between Damon and Matsui, who would you rather see on the All-Star team?