• RSN Reaction To Johnny Damon Signing

    Posted by on December 21st, 2005 · Comments (12)

    What follows below are sundry sour grapes and tearful reactions from memebrs of RSN on the Johnny Damon signing news – along with some thoughts that are just full of hate.

    From Really Small Fish:

    There ought to be a law that states no Red Sox player can ever go play with the Yankees (suck) ever. It just isn’t right. Look, I understand it’s business and a player needs to maximize the money he makes while he is in his prime, But it’s the Yankees (suck). Go ahead Georgie take JD. A year in NYC and he will be doing lines with Howard Stern off some strippers ass at Scores for the 6am eggs and legs show. And he throws like a girl.

    From Needleworker Not In Paradise:

    Now the Red Sox nation knows why Theo Epstein resigned. He didn’t want to be in charge when Johnny Damon took the Yankee money and left a legion of fans who adore him.

    From Misery Loves Company:

    In the parlance of SOSH, Johnny was 1 of the 25, and for that he’ll always own a special place in my heart.

    But Johnny Damon is also the first man to break my daughter’s heart, and for that I hope he takes his $52m and makes Yankee fans longingly recall Bernie Williams’ 2005 season. Enjoy your corporate haircut, Johnny – you’re dead to me.

    From Sawxblog:

    The first day of winter is a cold one for Red Sox fans as we sit huddled together with a feeling that we wish wasn’t familiar. (Another) One of the most popular Red Sox players is no longer with us any more. Our team spokesman, our lead off hitter, our All Star Center Fielder, our free spirited idiot Johnny Damon is gone. Damon was supposedly the Red Sox number one priority this winter, now in losing him we are conceding him to our divisional (blood) rivals within our own division. For some reason I have a Beatles song off of the White Album rolling around in my mind with the incessant “Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine…” going over and over again in my imagination. For those of you a step back on the “Oh I get it Meter”, that’s Nine consecutive AL East titles I’m predicting for the New York Yankees.

    From Love Lettuce:

    The Yankees are like that friend you had in high school who waited until you had a serious crush on a boy, then she pounced. On that same boy. And stole him away, utterly sans remorse. In fact she wanted you to be happy for her.

    Anyway, as far as I’m concerned, New York can have Johnny Damon. I am so over him. Whatever.

    From Soxblog:

    Damon got off to a good start with the Sox and the run lasted for four fine years. But now Damon is a 33 year old who has relied on speed for much of his success. What’s more, Damon hasn’t exactly shown a fanatical devotion to conditioning or clean living. If you were to list the players who might defy the odds of getting old, Damon wouldn’t be on it.

    Johnny Damon is likely to enter a serious decline phase in his career. Soon. He’s likely to be injury prone. Added to the mix is that he’s arriving in New York with the same kind of fanfare that accompanied his arrival in Oakland, only this time with Big Apple level decibels rather than Oakland volume. He has not shown an ability to handle that kind of pressure in the past.

    From New England Sports Rant:

    Get ready Sox fans, it’s gonna be a long, long summer (and an even longer time before we win anything again).

    From Stephanie Rowe:

    Johnny Damon signed with the Yankees yesterday.

    The Yankees. As in, bitter enemy who deserves no forgiveness for anything, including the mere fact they dare to exist.

    Johnny Damon has been the spirit of the Red Sox. And now he goes across enemy lines?? I don’t understand it. He was offered $10m/year with the Sox, and he took $13m/year with the Yankees. When you’re making that much money, does three million really mean that much?

    Johnny is going to be so sorry when he shows up for spring training and discovers that baseball is no longer a game and no longer supposed to be fun.

    Sadly, I like him so much I can’t hate him for donning pinstripes. But man, I saw an awesome red sox santa hat today and I had to look away in pain.

    From Advancing the Plot:

    Johnny Damon has gone to the dark side. This is very hard to accept. For a mere $3 million more a year than the Red Sox were offering. So I don’t think it was money. I feel cheated on. He is already calling that team “we.”

    Sniffle. I am sure going to miss the beard and Jesus-hair. Steinbrenner doesn’t allow any freedom of expression. Snip snip.

    But we will get ours. I can’t wait for the booos to rain down on Johnny when he plays the Red Sox at Fenway Park this year. Roger Clemens is breathing a sign of relief.

    From This Sox (sometimes):

    Johnny Damon. Thanks for all you did. I hope at lease once, Andy Marte scores from second off you on a sacrifice fly to the triangle.

    From Yankees 2000: Promote the Curse:

    I hope this guy cuts his hair, shaves his beard and looks like a little bull queer. He was a king in Boston. He brought Boston a World Series, coined the team “the Idiots” and was, as sad it may sound, the “white face” of a city that is a pretty racist city.

    Now he comes to New York, one of Mr. Steinrbenner’s troops. I hope that ugly swing and female throwing style choke.

    From Bubba Ray’s Blog:

    Given my newfound hatred for Johnny Damon, I dumped him from my Sox team on my PS2 video game (MVP 04), and replaced him with the man the Sox should have never dealt in the first place, Dave Roberts.

    From The Honest Male Perspective:

    He broke a sacred rule in sports. He went from one side of a rivalry to the other. The Red Sox and the Yankees are supposed to hate each other. Thats the way it has always been. In the 50’s and 60’s when baseball meant something, no player would EVER switch sides on a rivalry for some extra cash or for any reason. In that day and age, both teams HATED each other, plain and simple. No player has so brashly moved from one side to the other since Wade Boggs left Boston and ruined his legacy here. We all still remember him with his porn stash riding a horse in Yankee pinstripes after their 1996 World Series victory. Simply put, Johnny Damon betrayed his country in the worst fashion possible, by joining the enemy.

    From Prizblog:

    They say revenge is a dish best served cold. It is very cold on the first day of winter. Fourteen months after Johnny Damon’s crushing ALCS performace against the hated New York Yankees, Damon has defected to the waiting arms, and wallet, of Steinbrenner’s men in stripes. And on this winter solstice, the Red Sox and their Nation begin their long, hard trek toward spring training. With 57 days remaining until pitchers and catchers report, Your Boston Red Sox have no short stop, no center-fielder, no known closer, no lead-off hitter, and two general managers.

    From Witch City Sox Girl:

    I am so disappointed in Johnny. It’s not like the Yankees offer included an extra couple of years. In fact, the money wasn’t much more, so I am puzzled as to the true motivation. The comments that he made on his way out were unforgivable. A-Rod’s first at-bat in Fenway was a rough one, but that’s nothing. You call that booing? Just wait. Johnny is going to get crucified. Fitting, I suppose with all the Jesus comparisons. The fans will be merciless.

    From The Skits-O-Phrenics:

    Last night I came across some news as one would come across a dropkick to the face off the top rope. Johnny Damon will be a New York Yankee next season. Now it was well known that he was fed up with the red sox management and wanted to change teams. It’s also well known that he is getting older and is slowing down some, and was stuck in a slump at the end of last year. So good, I’m perfectly fine with the fact that the sox lost him, make room for someone younger, more consistent, and less expensive.

    But damn hell ass balls, the freakin yankees?!

    From Tman In Tennessee:

    Screw Steinbrenner, Screw Cashman, Screw the Chokees, and finally Screw that traitorous rat-bastard Johnny Unfrozen Caveman Damon. May the lord guide those double AA’s thrown from the Fenway Bleachers next year directly to your sizeable useless melon.

    From Confessions of a Wayward Catholic:

    God hates me
    Johnny Damon signed with the Evil Empire.

    From Life on Planet Dan-E:

    David “Big Papi” Ortiz may be the soul the Boston Red Sox but Johnny Damon was its scruffy Poster Boy, and now he’s gonna have to trim the Jesus look and play for the Yankees. Since I’m a little more objective about this and can say that I can’t really blame him for going to the Yankees. They clearly showed interest and aggressively pursued him and it’s actually been surprising just how lackadaisical the Sox front office was in trying to resign him. Seriously, management dropped the ball worse than Tony Graffanino during Game 2 against the White Sox.

    From Finish My Wine dot Com:

    The TV was on for about half a minute when I heard the report on ESPN. Goddammit. Why in the name of all that’s holy did the Sox let Johnny Damon get away? They knew the sumbitch Yankees were the only other real contender. They knew damn well what he does for the team in stats, spirit and image. And by all accounts, Damon went to play for the enemy only after giving the Sox several chances to get closer to an agreement. They wouldn’t budge, so he left.

    Just when I was flying high on the Red Sox’s plan to GM by committee and send Theo Epstein packing, they go and do the unthinkable. Their offseason maneuvering was moving along fantastically. They had us all saying, “Theo who?” And now their cocky posturing has twisted the team on every front. Hell, I would’ve been happy had they traded away crybaby Manny Ramirez for a lesser bat or two, but getting rid of THE BEST LEADOFF HITTER IN THE GAME, a team leader, the face of the team, and perhaps the most popular Red Sox player since Rice or Boggs??? I mean, Damon even took Pedro’s place in the hearts of Sox fans in about the time it took the Accella to drop him at Times Square. What gives???

    From Soxygirl:

    Thanks, John Henry, Larry, Ben and Jed. You look like the world’s biggest morons now. But you don’t have to deal with Yankee fans day to day, now do you? So we’re taking all the crap for you.

    The next time that you hear from someone that the Yankees overpaid for Johnny Damon, point them to these quotes and tell them that you can buy this type of public relations for your enemy’s camp.

    Comments on RSN Reaction To Johnny Damon Signing

    1. Raf
      December 21st, 2005 | 10:55 pm

      screw RSN, who cares what they think?

    2. December 21st, 2005 | 10:56 pm

      John and Larry?

    3. Mike Z
      December 21st, 2005 | 11:32 pm

      Reading the reactions of RSN has brought up a couple of questions to me:
      1. If Jeter were a free agent, would he sign with the Red Sox?
      2. If he did, how would Yankee fans react, on the whole?

    4. Jen
      December 22nd, 2005 | 12:12 am

      Somehow I think that Johnny will be expecting the boos at Fenway this year, unlike Boomer, who thought we would throw flower petals in his path.

    5. tim
      December 22nd, 2005 | 1:50 am

      It is difficult for me to hate Red Sox fans. They complain and hate their team and are so miserable about all the curses and injustices that befall their precious Red Sox that it seems like a waste of energy to hate anything about them.
      The Yanks will go on and win the AL East again and I would love to see Toronto take the wild card.
      And maybe the Yanks can try to get out of the first round of the playoffs. just a thought…

    6. Raf
      December 22nd, 2005 | 7:46 am

      Reading the reactions of RSN has brought up a couple of questions to me:
      1. If Jeter were a free agent, would he sign with the Red Sox?
      2. If he did, how would Yankee fans react, on the whole?

      1. I don’t know, it would be an option. It’d be foolish not to consider them.

      2. I suppose the same way RSN did (though I don’t quite understand this reaction coming from them. Boggs, Clemens, had he come straight to NY from Boston, I can see because they were franchise players, but Johhny Damon?).

      My reaction to Jeter signing with the Red Sox? Good for him, hope he’s happy, and best of luck.

    7. knuckles
      December 22nd, 2005 | 9:07 am

      If Jeter signed as an FA with Boston at the age of 32, I’d be pretty devastated, but I know one thing: I wouldn’t be tripping over every other Yankee fan trying to be the first to proclaim his imminent and steep decline, as all these Sux fans are so sure of with the guy who’s all of a sudden not their CF anymore.

      Pretty pathetic ‘nation’ if you ask me.

    8. December 22nd, 2005 | 9:49 am

      I feel for them. (Of course, I live among them, so ….)

      I think David Cone is a pretty good parallel. He was a core player with the Yankees for a few key years – not his whole career – and won a few championships with them. And when he signed with the Red Sox, even when many Yankees fans already thought/knew that he was done, there was still a lot of bitterness and vitriol against him. Not all Yankees fans, of course, but many Yankees fans, labeled him a “traitor.”

      This is similar, with Damon. I understand why Sox fans feel betrayed. I also understand why Damon wanted to get the hell out of that poorly-managed organization!

    9. Old Hickory
      December 22nd, 2005 | 10:17 am

      What cracks me up are these people who say, “It’s only $3 million a year more.” Considering that none of them will live to amass $3 million over the course of their lives, that’s an incredibly stupid comment. Go ask Jody Reed what he would’ve done for that $3 million. Red Sox Nation – what a bunch of hand-wringing mopes.

    10. JohnnyC
      December 22nd, 2005 | 10:43 am

      Steve, while it’s interesting to see a cross-section of RSN reaction, did anyone expect anything less? As a Yankees fan, I know I will always rue the day when 3 more outs from Mo would have sunk the Old Towne franchise for god knows how many years and swept away Bud Selig’s hand-picked carpet-baggers (including boy genius Theo) after the most humiliating defeat the town had ever experienced. Jeffrey Loria’s step-son manque David Samson would probably be running the team now and they’d have been considered fortunate to have the execrable Jim Bowden as their GM. Meanwhile, I’m sure John Henry and Larry Lucchino would be heading up the new D.C. franchise, pushing the municipal authorities for a taxpayer boondoggle of an underground, nuclear-safe bunker-stadium to be named after Bud Selig. Consider the alternate history possibilities. What a missed opportunity.

    11. Raf
      December 22nd, 2005 | 11:20 am

      What cracks me up are these people who say, “It’s only $3 million a year more.” Considering that none of them will live to amass $3 million over the course of their lives, that’s an incredibly stupid comment. Go ask Jody Reed what he would’ve done for that $3 million.

      Jody Reed… LOL

      It’s all relative; with the $$ being thrown around nowadays, $3m isn’t much in baseball sense.

    12. ScootrPy
      December 25th, 2005 | 7:52 am

      The Yankees can have Johnny Damon. If he’s that hungry for money, we don’t need him. A lousy 3 million a year and he bales………..wtf? Money hungry rat will be sorry in the long run!!!

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