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08:24 AM ET 08.24 | Had he been claimed by another team, Johnny Damon might already be in a different city by now. Getting claimed on waivers did not surprise the Tigers outfielder. Getting claimed by the Red Sox did. He thought it would be the Yankees or Rays. He hoped it would be the Yankees or Rays -- if it had to be anyone. And had it been either of those teams, he was ready to go. The fact that it was Red Sox however, is something entirely different. As he said, it got ugly up there in Back Bay after the 2005 season, his last with the Sox. Was he scarred by how the fans turned on him when he signed with the Yankees? "Absolutely," he said.

The Detroit News

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August 24, 2010  08:45 AM ET

Mr. Damon LEAVES Boston for their arch rivals and then feels 'scarred' by the fans turning on him... really?

'Idiot' titled confirmed.

p.s. The Sox don't REALY want you Johnny...

August 24, 2010  08:45 AM ET

* REALLY

August 24, 2010  08:53 AM ET

Fenway's left field is about the only place where Damon can play and be able to throw to the infielders on a fly.

August 24, 2010  08:58 AM ET

Har har Theo is playing defense, screwing with Damon is he not?

August 24, 2010  08:58 AM ET

Too funny that the Red Sox Fans burned a bridge with Damon, not the owner, not the GM, not the Coach...the Fans. Someday the Red Sox Fans will learn that all the booing former players, chanting "F" the Yankees, etc is in poor taste. Damon was a major part of helping them win a World Series and he left because someone offered more money, not to spite the Red Sox and now when the Red Sox could really use him they probably won't get him because of the fans.

When Matsui returned to Yankee stadium this year he got a standing ovation, when Damon returned to Yankee Stadium a couple weeks ago, again Yankees fans gave him a standing Ovation.

Someday the Red Sox fans will realize they are only ones still participating in these "rivalries" sports have changed, just look at the pre-game batting practice next Red Sox/Yankee game, players from both teams will be hanging out chatting and telling jokes by the batting cage.

August 24, 2010  09:17 AM ET
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Mr. Damon LEAVES Boston for their arch rivals and then feels 'scarred' by the fans turning on him... really?'Idiot' titled confirmed.p.s. The Sox don't REALY want you Johnny...

how can he honestly think that us the fans of the sox would be ok with him taking the deal with the yankees for not too much more, not even giving the management a chance to out bid them and think everything would be ok when he comes to town...i hope he doesnt come back to boston

August 24, 2010  09:24 AM ET

It's not that Damon went to the Yanks really. It's that he left and didn't give the Sox a chance to up their bid after he and his agent (Bora$$, who else?) said that they would.

Seth Mnookin wrote about this in his book "Feeding the Monster".... really good book. Here's the excerpt:

http://books.google.com/books?id=tHFMP525iS4C&pg=PA391&lpg=PA391&a mp;dq=damon+feeding+the+monster+boras&source=bl&ots=aaVJPOT5jc& sig=80gsCVHdqM-v-GfJNZsR_g_QSM0&hl=en&ei=IsdzTJmND8P68Abb47X3CA& ;sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBIQ6AEwAA#v=o nepage&q&f=false

August 24, 2010  09:27 AM ET
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good lord...without Damon, the sox don't win that world series...get over it. that was like a 100 years ago.

actually it would have been 89 since they did win in 07 with out him

August 24, 2010  09:28 AM ET

Grow you hair and beard back and Boston will never know you left.

August 24, 2010  09:30 AM ET
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actually it would have been 89 since they did win in 07 with out him

Still 100 seems like a more accurate number, when it comes to boston.

August 24, 2010  09:32 AM ET
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Someday the Red Sox Fans will learn that all the booing former players, chanting "F" the Yankees, etc is in poor taste.

Nah... the Neanderthals at Yankees stadium never do anything in poor taste!

August 24, 2010  09:48 AM ET
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the 07 win was momentum...04 rocked the world and rewrote history..if the sox didn't win in 2004 they still would be without a WS win. it gave them confidence, swagger...balls

that is a stretch it was 3 years and a whole new pitching staff and infield

August 24, 2010  09:53 AM ET
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they do, but at least they admit it and don't hold themselves out as this holier than thou group.

But we ARE holier than thou.

Morning DUMs.

August 24, 2010  10:01 AM ET
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Nah... the Neanderthals at Yankees stadium never do anything in poor taste!

I never said the Yankee fans were angels, but I do know this when the Yankees play at Fenway, you can clearly hear "F" the Yankees on the TV, so i imagine in the stadium its pretty loud, which is always nice when you are at the game with your family and young kids. It has always amazed me that the Fans would rather chant "F" the Yanks instead of "Lets go Red Sox." Also when the right fielder get any where near the seats, its gets pretty sketchy fans leaning over screaming in there face, beers being thrown at them, etc.

Look everyone is loyal to there own team, my only point was Damon would probably be playing for the Red Sox today, if the fans treated a guy (who was a huge part of them winning the World Series) better after he left.

August 24, 2010  10:03 AM ET

Doesn't look like the Rays or Yankees need Damon, why would they claim him off waivers?

August 24, 2010  10:04 AM ET

Just the fact that Damon would be willing to go back to the hated Yankees [In Boston for sure] shows how little players today actually care about how the fans think. Not that most of us didn't already know that. It just strikes me as funny how in the old days [I'm old] players on other teams especially Boston and New York barely spoke to each other during the game unless it was to say something nasty to each other. And Damon just dosen't get the fact that Boston fans booed him at Fenway? Let the has been who is not going to help the Red Sox or anyone else go somewhere else like back to New York. He can't hit or throw anymore not that he could ever throw at all. And we can boo his traiter butt all over again. The only ones who care any more are the fans. The players and owners could care less about anything but the allmighty dollar so why should we.

August 24, 2010  10:13 AM ET
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great post...and spot on.as a yankee fan, I have no ill will towards any ex-player. even carl pavano...I want him to pitch well. because when he does, it means that the yanks weren't nuts for signing him to that deal.I don't even harbour angst towards kei Igawa...the FO should be booed for that one, not igawa...i would've taken the money

I agree that the post you quote was a good one.. but lets be honest here, Yankee fans wanted to burn Pavano and Kevin Brown at the stake. Pavano was being boo-ed like crazy, even before his stint with the Yanks was up!

August 24, 2010  10:14 AM ET
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Just the fact that Damon would be willing to go back to the hated Yankees [In Boston for sure] shows how little players today actually care about how the fans think. Not that most of us didn't already know that. It just strikes me as funny how in the old days [I'm old] players on other teams especially Boston and New York barely spoke to each other during the game unless it was to say something nasty to each other. And Damon just dosen't get the fact that Boston fans booed him at Fenway? Let the has been who is not going to help the Red Sox or anyone else go somewhere else like back to New York. He can't hit or throw anymore not that he could ever throw at all. And we can boo his traiter butt all over again. The only ones who care any more are the fans. The players and owners could care less about anything but the allmighty dollar so why should we.

um the reason he won't go back the Red Six is the FANS, so he must care how the fans think or thought of him. I won't lie I would like to see him play for the Rays or Yankees before the Red Sox just based on how they treated him after he left.

 
August 24, 2010  10:16 AM ET

and not-for-nothing, but all the RS fans are supporting Damons quotes above..

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