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Just F#$%ing Cheer Johnny Damon Already.

The main picture is The Man, in the corner is some douche from New York.

Four years ago, Johnny Damon left us. Our long haired, bearded centerfielder had been a lighting rod for Red Sox fans and pink hats alike. He coined the name “Idiots” for the 2004 club and pulled a lot of heads out of the oven with his second inning grand slam against the Yanks in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS (If you try to tell me that you didn’t think that the three wins were building up to yet another letdown right up until the ball left Damon’s bat off of my boy Javy Vasquez, you are a liar). He was one of the 25, the guys that broke the curse and still make me smile today when I think about it.

He also Took This With Him.

The problem wasn’t that he left, it was where he went. If he had, after the 2005 season, gone to San Francisco or Chicago, he would never have been able to buy a drink and been cheered so loudly on his return that the game would have been too long for Bill Simmons to watch. But no, after lying to the Sox about the kind of offers he was getting, Damon signed with the Pinstriped Assholes, the worst thing he could have done.

When he returned in 2006, with the Yanks, people (from Gammons to Ken Rosenthal) were all telling us to cheer him, ignore the betrayal, and cheer him like he probably deserved, but at that point the wound was too fresh and that was like asking us to shake hands with the guy who had just cut off our left arm. So we booed Damon for four years as we watched him do all of the things for the Yankees that he had done here: hit, hustle, play decent defense, and throw badly. Johnny Damon was never a bad guy, and he never badmouthed the fans of Boston. He just signed with the Yankees, and that was enough for us. (The Publick House in Brookline even made bumper stickers that said “Fuck Johnny Damon”)

Tonight, however, is an entirely different story. Johnny Damon is returning to Boston as a member of the Detroit Tigers. He will be hitting third and playing left field. This winter, when the Yanks refused to resign him, Damon signed a one year $8million deal. Some, who shall remain nameless, were even stumping for him to be brought back to the Sox, (I know that I suggested he could play first, but tell me you wouldn’t rather see Damon out there with his noodle arm and .281 batting average) but the cries went unanswered and we were left with Mike Cameron, Jeremy Hermida, Eric Patterson, Bill Hall et. al. (I’m not lumping Darnell or little Danny Nava in with that group because they have out performed all expectations).

It’s time to cheer for Damon. I may, in fact, stand and clap at whatever restaurant I’m eating dinner in when he comes to bat. Johnny deserves it. He was the heart and soul of a team that was often duct taped together with little else and still won us a World Series in the best way possible. It’s time he got his due.

Go Sox.

Done.

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Johnny Damon to the Red Sox? Why Not?

Hopefully solving this problem.

Ever since the end of the season, and all of Theo’s “Bridge Year” crap, the Sox have been in a state of flux. The departure of Jason Bay (unless……), the attempted trade of Mike Lowell, and the signings of Scutaro, Cameron and Lackey have in many ways opened up more questions than answers. Among the biggest are Who is going to be in center, Cameron or Ellsbury? What will Lowell’s role be (if he stays with the team after surgery)? Where in the hell are we going to get runs from?

Of course, the huge boner I get just thinking about Adrian Gonzalez in a Red Sox uniform is one answer to many of the questions, and may still happen, but with the Sox payroll building up towards the magic $170 million mark (including benefits and other crap which players can afford with the millions they are getting paid), where luxury tax kicks in, there aren’t many other options for adding to the roster.

No seriously, that's what's inside of a baseball.

As an aside, I have to say that I agree with John Henry in his stance on Baseball’s current revenue sharing plan. If the big market teams are going to pay the small market teams to keep things competitive, then those teams that get the money should be required to spend it. The Yankees (the only team above the tax number last season), had a bigger payroll than the bottom four teams combined. The owners of those teams should be required to keep a certain minimum salary level for players so that the money from the Sox, Yanks and others isn’t just going to lining the pockets of assholes (the aforementioned owners), and the fans actually have a reason to actually go out and support them.

With this in mind, the Sox are looking for a cheap way to improve their offense. I say that option has been masquerading as a vastly overpaid, weak armed, beardless outfielder in New York for the past four seasons. Ever since he ditched the Sox for the Yanks following 2005, Johnny Damon’s abilities to play the outfield and get on base at the top of the lineup have been declining, but he does still have some pop in his bat, and could probably play a pretty good first base with his range and talent for catching the ball. He would need to learn a new position, and given the Sox’ hopes to improve the defense this offseason (as they have already done with Mike Cameron and Marco Scutaro) this would be a deviation from the plan.

The upside of the signing is that Damon (formerly Captain Caveman) is one of the guys that will fall prey to the “Abreu Effect” by which productive veterans (24 HR, 82 RBI, 107 Runs, .854 OPS last year) end up sitting around until the new year (coming soon) and then sign bargain basement one year deals for the chance to prove themselves again. Damon could very well end up as one of those guys, and one year/$5-6 million might just get it done (even with Satan/Scott Boras as his agent). He also would not have to be hitting leadoff or second, but could slide into the eighth spot and protect guys like Ellsbury at the top of the lineup. Combined with Cameron, and considering the fact that there was no offense out of the Shortstop position last season (sure to be improved upon by Scutaro), Damon could definitely fill the offensive hole left by Bay.

And it gives me an excuse to show this all the time:

Just a thought. Merry Christmas, be safe, and our best to you from the Ballpark.

Go Sox.

56 Days.

Done.

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