Damon, Just Read This. Would You Please?


  1. Jane Heller

    Yup, I’m harping on this until Damon either signs with the Yankees or goes elsewhere, Mimi. (Or until there’s something more interesting to write about in Yankeeville.) Do you have to be a fan of the Bombers to enjoy my book? No. You’d probably get some laughs out of it. But you’ll have to skip the parts where I go off on the Angels. They were killing my boys in ’07. I couldn’t help myself. 🙂

  2. tenpmstriker

    honestly, at this point, i’d like to see the Yanks go defensive for once. the offense isn’t gonna suffer if our LF cant hit 20 home runs. i’m sick and tired of seeing Johnny flail his arms and slam into the wall for a flyball to death valley. we couldnt have won the WS without him and he had a great tenure in pinstripes, but if his asking price doesnt go down at all, Cashman needs to move on.


  3. tenpmstriker

    worst case scenario, Damon signs elsewhere and the Yanks get a compensatory draft pick for him being a Type A free agent…right?

  4. andydavis77@comcast.net

    At this point in Johnny’s career he is worried about one thing……cold hard cash. He already has the rings and with the shape he is in can still play for a few more years. So he will sign were everyone else signs…….with whoever pays him the most dough. And the stadium is now just called The Oakland Coliseum by the way.

  5. diane.anziano@gmail.com

    From the previous comments I have to say that I think the Yankees can’t lose in this respect. If they re-sign Damon, they get the whole package he provides. If they don’t, they can get to build on a younger team and work on a better defense in the field. I’d say, although I agree to preferring that Damon stay with us, we will progress with our without him.

  6. femkem99

    What can I say? Its up to you Damon. If you ever read this comment I would say go where your heart directs you. Sign and get it over with. I still love your game no matter where you go. I am a yankee fan.

  7. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Great article on “the subject,” and I agree with Diane too…unfortunately, it IS “all about the benjamins” with most all o’ these guys, in every sport (our lousy local NFL franchise is littered with players like the fictitious Roger Dorn in “Major League” — what did the GM say — “I forgot to tell you about our high-priced talent, because all he is now is high-priced.”) So Johnny will probably grab for the gu$to, his stats will go waay down, and won’t the Yankees look smart for not re-signing him…when in reality, if he’d just stayed put, like say Bernie did…rings on your fingers (and bells on your toes?)…

  8. Jane Heller

    Thanks for the recommendation, ralphrc. Glad you enjoyed the book enough to suggest it to others.

    You make good sense, Scott, but how do you replace Damon’s 100 RBIS, not to mention Matsui’s? Yes, we’ve got a potent offense, but wouldn’t it be more so with Damon, who could DH along with Johnson and platoon with Gardner in left? I agree that if his asking price won’t come down and there’s no middle ground, forget it.

    Maybe you’re right, Andy, and Damon is only about the money. Still, I think it’s tough for any player who’s been a star to take a big pay cut. They’ve all got egos. But, as Cashman said about agents, it’s time for Boras/Damon to wake up and smell the coffee.

    We’ll get along without Damon, Diane. I know we will. I’d just rather have him than Reed Johnson, Jermaine Dye, etc. If we had another attractive candidate out there, maybe I wouldn’t be writing these posts!

    I’ll always be grateful to Damon too, femkem. Even if he goes elsewhere, I’ll remember the contributions he made to the Yanks, which were considerable.

    Funny you should mention the character of Roger Dorn, Dave. I rented “Major League” over the weekend! Hadn’t seen it in years wanted to see if it held up. (Not as much as I expected.)

    I know about that scene in “Twilight,” Melissa, and I thought the same thing: no matter what, there’s baseball. LOL. I think I even posted the clip several months ago. As for Damon, I guess he’s the type of guy who can fit in wherever he goes and doesn’t worry about the people he plays with. If he goes to Oakland, he’ll find buddies there. I read this morning that the Angels were interested too? Now if he went there, that would make me crazy (or crazier). They’d have Abreu, Matsui AND Johnny? Nuh-uh.

  9. dschaub@gpo.gov

    Well, as long as we’re digressing…back to “Major League” for a minute…do you know that the actor who plays Pedro Cerrano is Dennis Haysbert — the same guy who played the black U.S. president in “24,” and who’s in another TV show now, and who does all those insurance commercials? My wife could NOT believe it when I told her that, and how I’d figured it out…but after all, “Is very bad to steal Jobu’s rum. VERY bad!!”

  10. mel.tmottbg@gmail.com

    interesting take on the whole thing. You’d also think that with all that money, you’d want to be in a place that you like and play with people you enjoy being around. Right now, the Yankees seem like they fit that description. I guess the more money you have, the more you think you need.

    On a side note, one of my kids watched “Twilight” last night. It was by no means a great movie, but was a nice diversion as I did some other stuff in the room. There is a fun baseball scene in it that most fans would probably enjoy and even if you didn’t like the scene, it gets you thinking about possibilities for baseball games.


  11. bexarama@gmail.com

    Long-time visitor, first time commenter. Love your blog!

    I would love Johnny to come back but talking about how we need his 100 RBIs is really silly. RBIs and runs scored are more dependent on the team surrounding a player than the player himself. Damon wouldn’t have nearly as many RBIs if he was on the Royals, Mets, or yup, Oakland last year.

    Damon absolutely goes wherever the money is and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s what led him to the Yankees in the first place, frankly.

  12. Jane Heller

    Yes, Dave. Of course I recognized Dennis H! I never forget a face. According to the interview with the director that came with the DVD, it was Dennis’s first role. Not a bad way to start a career.

    So glad you’ve been enjoying the blog, bexarama. And thanks for leaving a comment. I hear you on the importance of the other players regarding Damon’s stats. But he had sweet run production. And I just plain like the guy! I can’t help wanting to see him back in pinstripes. If it doesn’t happen, I’ll wish him well in any case.

  13. arthur.kathleen@gmail.com

    Alright, we could live without Johnny, but I for one want him back. I agree that without him, the WS win would have been very hard. I keep going back to the double steal – it still gives me thrills to think about!
    As for Jane’s “Confessions of a She-Fan”, I highly recommend it no matter who you cheer for. It is a FAN book and a fan of any team would understand the passion (and humor!).
    Lastly, I am now watching Yankee Classics on YES to hold me over until April 4. Last night was game six of the 1996 WS against the Braves. Girardi, Jeet, Bernie, and Andy looked so young! It was extremely weird to see a closer other than Mo!

  14. Jane Heller

    After the comments by Girardi and Cashman today, Kathleen, it’s sounding like getting Damon back is just not happening. But thanks for that awesome endorsement of the book. I wish I could put it on the cover!

    Yup to what, Mike? You’re a man of few words today. 🙂

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