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08:16 AM ET 02.26 | As far as reunions go, consider Johnny Damon open to a return to pinstripes, whether the Yankees are interested or not. Damon, 39, hasn't officially retired, though he didn't garner much interest as a free agent this winter. With Curtis Granderson slated to miss the next 10 weeks with a fractured right forearm, Damon sees himself as an ideal candidate to fill the void. "I don't expect to hear from them," Damon told the Daily News by telephone. "If they call, if they want me, I'll go. They are one of the only teams I would do that for. We'll see what happens in the future. If someone calls, I could definitely get ready." ... "I still know I'm better than 70-80 percent of the guys out there."

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February 26, 2013  08:17 AM ET

I don't expect Damon to hear from the Yankees, either.

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February 26, 2013  08:25 AM ET

Johnny has never lacked for confidence.

February 26, 2013  08:27 AM ET
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He said the Yankees "are ONE of the only teams I would do this for." Wonder who else is on his short list.

Not to be overly cynical, but I think his short list includes the Yankees and about 29 other MLB clubs.

February 26, 2013  08:28 AM ET

70 80 percent? Really?

February 26, 2013  08:32 AM ET
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70 80 percent? Really?

I think he meant 70-80% of currently unemployed former major leaguers.

February 26, 2013  08:36 AM ET
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He said the Yankees "are ONE of the only teams I would do this for." Wonder who else is on his short list.

In my opinion that is a lie. Often, Damon marches to his own version of reality that changes as suits his need for a paying job.

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February 26, 2013  08:42 AM ET
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Does seem high, unless Kenny_Powers is right in #6.

Damon believes the little booklets that Boras had printed that tout what a great player he is, too.

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February 26, 2013  09:01 AM ET
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Not to be overly cynical, but I think his short list includes the Yankees and about 29 other MLB clubs.

Exactly.

February 26, 2013  09:08 AM ET

Johnny the sand has just about run out of the hour glass for you in the game of baseball. Your legs are gone, bat speed as well, and a ten year old girl can throw the ball further than you can. RETIRE

February 26, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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lol...in fairness to him- he's pretty damn close to 3000, I can see why he wants to get there.

Beggars can't be choosers, as the saying goes.

February 26, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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I think he meant 70-80% of currently unemployed former major leaguers.

Yes.

February 26, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Does seem high, unless Kenny_Powers is right in #6.

He is.

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February 26, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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lol...in fairness to him- he's pretty damn close to 3000, I can see why he wants to get there.

Yeah - I get that too. And he had a good season in 2011 for the Rays. But I think it's over for him.

February 26, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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Well then, there you have it! brotha68 has spoken!

That's a cool profile pic.

February 26, 2013  09:38 AM ET

Damon is part of the sequester. He be cut.

 
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