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Damon, Yanks agree on $52 million, four-year contract
AP ^ | Dec. 20, 2005

Posted on 12/20/2005 8:16:36 PM PST by ConservativeStatement

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees grabbed center fielder Johnny Damon away from the rival Boston Red Sox, reaching a preliminary agreement Tuesday night on a $52 million, four-year contract.

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KEYWORDS: baseball; damon; kinggeorge; mlb; redsox; spankees; stinkees; yankees
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1 posted on 12/20/2005 8:16:37 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

George Steinbrenner's going to make him get a haircut.


2 posted on 12/20/2005 8:17:09 PM PST by SamAdams76 (What Would Howard Roarke Do?)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

The Yankees know how to get things done


3 posted on 12/20/2005 8:17:41 PM PST by Vision (“We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the duty of intelligent men")
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This just feels wrong. Exactly why I prefer college sports. You don't see any UNC players go to Duke, or any stars from Miami tranfering to Florida State. Hard to go from being someones biggest fan to having to hate him the next year.


4 posted on 12/20/2005 8:19:57 PM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: Vision

I'm glad they are taking this showboater and his "Queer Eye" act out of town. The Yanks can have him.


5 posted on 12/20/2005 8:21:48 PM PST by SamAdams76 (What Would Howard Roarke Do?)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

This sucks. My wife and kids are unhappy with this move.


6 posted on 12/20/2005 8:22:11 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: SamAdams76

Isn't he a great outfielder?


7 posted on 12/20/2005 8:23:11 PM PST by Vision (“We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the duty of intelligent men")
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To: Vision

By overpaying guys late in their careers and losing tons of money.


8 posted on 12/20/2005 8:24:19 PM PST by misterrob
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To: SamAdams76

Johnny Damon reacts to his signing to play for the New York Yankees.

9 posted on 12/20/2005 8:24:43 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: Vision

No arm, bad shoulders. Decent speed.

$13 million a year? Not worth it.


10 posted on 12/20/2005 8:25:56 PM PST by misterrob
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To: misterrob
I'm in Baltimore, so don't talk to me about that. We take talent and either trade them away entirely or trade them and get them back after they've peaked.
11 posted on 12/20/2005 8:26:47 PM PST by Vision (“We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the duty of intelligent men")
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To: SmoothTalker
Years ago I saw a comedian who also juggled. As pat of his act, he juggled the actual axe that George Washington used to chop down the Cherry Tree! Of course, over the years the wood had rotted away and had to be replaced ... and ... at some point, the axe head had been lost and replaced ... but ... it was the actual axe that George Washington used!

Why root for a professional ball club? The players come and go. They have no loyalty or longevity anymore.

The concept of "the Red Sox" doesn't really exist. It's just a bunch of guys who, this year, played most of their games in Massachusetts. Big whoop.

12 posted on 12/20/2005 8:29:47 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
As a Yankee fan, I think this is a great move, especially since he's only signed for four years (which was my main reservation about getting him in the first place.) The Yanks haven't had a real leadoff hitter since Knoblauch, and they were looking at Bubba Crosby in center next year.

Besides, I think Damon is a standup guy, and as far as a Boston player goes, he's engaged in a minimum of trash talk about the Yanks. If you asked a typical Yankee fan which Red Sox player they liked/respected, Damon and Wakefield would be the ones most Yankee fans would pick.

13 posted on 12/20/2005 8:33:14 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: ClearCase_guy

" Why root for a professional ball club? The players come and go. They have no loyalty or longevity anymore.

The concept of "the Red Sox" doesn't really exist. It's just a bunch of guys who, this year, played most of their games in Massachusetts. Big whoop."

Exactly. The teams are too fluid. Back in the day teams would stick together largely intact for years and you could really learn to love them. Like the old Lakers-Celtics rivarly. It really is hard to have a good rivarly with as much turnover as their is today. Kinda hard to cheer for a star player when you know there is a 50% chance that he is gone next year, and a guy from a rival club that you've been trained to hate for a decade is going to take his spot. In college they may graduate, but at least your rock won't be on a rival squad and you won't have to be rooting for some punk kid from your rival.


14 posted on 12/20/2005 8:33:57 PM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

The Yankees no long hair policy will take away Damon's whole appeal. Of course, he'll still be the best lead-off hitter in the American League.


15 posted on 12/20/2005 8:36:33 PM PST by JohnBDay
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

The Yankees no long hair policy will take away Damon's whole appeal. Of course, he'll still be the best lead-off hitter in the American League.


16 posted on 12/20/2005 8:36:37 PM PST by JohnBDay
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

As a Yankee fan I never liked seeing Damon at the plate. As the father in law of two diehard Red Sox fans I can only smile.


17 posted on 12/20/2005 8:38:36 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: stanz; StarFan; Dutchy; ken5050; jwalsh07; RaceBannon; GraniteStateConservative; warsaw44; ...

Oh man... the Yanks are getting two of our classy guys... Johnny Damon and pitcher Mike Myers. (The Yanks can keep Alan Embree...LOL) And another one of my faves Bill Mueller (aka "Billy Ballgame") goes to the Dodgers. Maybe I should go back to being a baseball nonfan... :-(


18 posted on 12/20/2005 8:44:56 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: jwalsh07
I CANNOT picture Johnny Damon with short hair, no beard and in pinstripes.

Oh, in my previous post I forgot Mark Bellhorn... the Yanks can keep him too for all I care! ;-D

19 posted on 12/20/2005 8:46:41 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: nutmeg
Maybe I should go back to being a baseball nonfan... :-(

Nah just root for the Bronx Bombers, we have all those rings, pennats and tradition. Jump in the Rheingolds fine!

20 posted on 12/20/2005 8:50:27 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07; StarFan; stanz
just root for the Bronx Bombers, we have all those rings, pennats and tradition

Arrggghhh!!! The rings... enough already with the rings!!! ;-)

Actually, as you know, I like Joe Torre and SOME of the other Yankees (there's a few I really don't like). And now more players I like are joining the Yanks... Maybe I'll remain neutral, that's it! But that's no fun...

21 posted on 12/20/2005 8:55:53 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: nutmeg

BURN IN HELL JOHNNY!!!!!!!!!! MAY YOUR STRENGTH BE GONE WITH YOUR HAIR!


22 posted on 12/20/2005 8:57:36 PM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees have decided to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: SamAdams76
I'm glad they are taking this showboater and his "Queer Eye" act out of town. The Yanks can have him.


BostonDirtDogs.com

Hmmm... you may be onto something there, Sam... ;-)

23 posted on 12/20/2005 9:01:51 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: Wristpin

I like your tagline. Does George have 'em all yet?


24 posted on 12/20/2005 9:02:44 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: jwalsh07
whoo whoo!

Add some pitching and look out, #27 in 2006.

25 posted on 12/20/2005 9:06:10 PM PST by relee
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To: nutmeg

Just about!! They had an obscene $85 Million payroll advantage on any other team and baseball last year. Time for a salary cap.


26 posted on 12/20/2005 9:08:05 PM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees have decided to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Bum. Now I have to get rid of the christmas presents I bought my twin daughters last year.


27 posted on 12/20/2005 9:08:57 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance (I miss my dad. Ruudzdistvachxizax^ama ama slum tagadagan inix^sinaa imchix anuxtakus)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

TOTAL OVERPAID..

Who is gonna cut off his throws like Man Ram did?


28 posted on 12/20/2005 9:16:11 PM PST by skaterboy (Merry Merry Christmas Baby)
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To: Vision
The Yankees know how to get things done

They can have him. His arm is shot anyway. His bat is the only thing that will help the Yanks and even that has been questionable.

29 posted on 12/20/2005 9:20:34 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (This is my tagline. There are many like it but this one is mine.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
His arm is shot anyway

Everyone is saying that. Why?
30 posted on 12/20/2005 9:21:59 PM PST by Vision (“We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the duty of intelligent men")
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To: Vision
Everyone is saying that. Why?

Torn rotator cuff in his throwing arm. During the last part of this year he wasn't able to throw the ball but half way towards the infield.

It is a hard injury to come back from especially for an outfielder.
I tore mine earlier this year and it still ain't right. And let me tell you it hurts.

31 posted on 12/20/2005 9:24:12 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (This is my tagline. There are many like it but this one is mine.)
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To: skaterboy; misterrob; Vision; NYCVirago; ken5050

Talk about overpaying! Damon is a good ballplayer, but I think he topped out a year or two ago and has begun the gradual downhill side of his career. Might still be a marginal All-Star for another year or two. He's a good get-on-base guy, can cover the ground in CF--probably worth $8-9 mil per year for two-three years, but this contract is too high and too long. But hey, it's the Yanks.


32 posted on 12/20/2005 9:45:03 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Baseball fan.)
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To: nutmeg; JohnBDay
I CANNOT picture Johnny Damon with short hair, no beard. . . .

For most of his career, Damon had no beard or long hair:


33 posted on 12/20/2005 9:55:14 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Baseball fan.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Center Field is deeper in Yanqui Stadium too. He'll probably need to see the team's pharmacist.


34 posted on 12/20/2005 10:00:48 PM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees have decided to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: nutmeg

Bellhorn's gone. He was a free agent, and wouldn't take an assignment to Columbus.


35 posted on 12/20/2005 10:03:57 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: nutmeg

Don't know if I can get used to the idea of having Damon around. I always hated his at-bats. And..he will definitely be getting a haircut and a shave! Might be like turning over a new leaf. Just hope his arm holds out in center field.


36 posted on 12/20/2005 10:21:41 PM PST by stanz (Those who don't believe in evolution should go jump off the flat edge of the Earth.)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Talk about overpaying! Damon is a good ballplayer, but I think he topped out a year or two ago and has begun the gradual downhill side of his career. Might still be a marginal All-Star for another year or two. He's a good get-on-base guy, can cover the ground in CF--probably worth $8-9 mil per year for two-three years, but this contract is too high and too long. But hey, it's the Yanks.

Eh, everybody's overpaying this year (A.J. Burnett et al), and Damon is getting the same money as Matsui, who is also overpaid. But if Damon brings them WS title #27, he won't seem quite so overpaid then.

37 posted on 12/20/2005 10:36:57 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: Wristpin
Center Field is deeper in Yanqui Stadium too. He'll probably need to see the team's pharmacist.

Maybe Millar can hook him up with some of his old stash.

Seriously, I do think it's funny how Damon, who was phenomenally popular with Red Sox Nation, is all of a sudden a bum because he's a Yankee. The same thing happened with Pedro last year, and he had a pretty good year with the Mets as a has-been.

38 posted on 12/20/2005 10:40:00 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
Damon, Yanks agree on $52 million, four-year contract

Those Damon Yankees!!

39 posted on 12/20/2005 10:42:47 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Wristpin; nutmeg; SamAdams76; Vision

40 posted on 12/20/2005 11:14:30 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Damn Yankees!!!! :o(

MM


41 posted on 12/21/2005 12:26:59 AM PST by motormouth
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To: motormouth
Buying another championship? ESPN screenshot via BostonDirtDogs. (Though Fox Sports Radio's JT The Brick, a Yankee fan, says that the last time (pre-curse of Hillary) the Yanks won it all, their payroll was $100 million... these days it's over twice that but it still can't guarantee a World Series victory. They've spent over a billion in Gotham since then but no 27th ring. Instead, it goes to Arizona, Anaheim, Florida, Red Sox, and now White Sox.
42 posted on 12/21/2005 12:55:39 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

One great memory of Damon, as described by Joe Castiglione:

ALCS Game 7, 2004, at Yankee Stadium. 2nd inning.

"There's a long fly ball to right field, Sheffield
looking up--it's GONE! GRAND SLAM, JOHNNY DAMON! And the
Red Sox add four more!" (Went up 6-0...)


43 posted on 12/21/2005 1:02:49 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: SmoothTalker

Jerry Seinfeld is right. You are really only cheering on laundry. One day the player on your team can do no wrong and the next when traded or gone to another team he is the worst enemy. That said I happen to like my teams laundry. :)


44 posted on 12/21/2005 1:10:53 AM PST by xp38
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To: NYCVirago

He's just not worth $13 million a year. But, if the Yankees want to continue losing money then that's their choice. Shame on the Sox for not having a guy in the minors.


45 posted on 12/21/2005 3:51:32 AM PST by misterrob
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To: raccoonradio

Damon
Jeter
Rodriguez
Sheffield
Giambi
Godzilla
(Fill-In-The-Blank)
Posada
Cano

Just contemplate that line-up... Imagine you are pitching to that line-up.

There is no such thing as a guarantee in baseball, but the Yankees are doing everything they can to make it happen.


46 posted on 12/21/2005 4:33:32 AM PST by gridlock (eliminate perverse incentives)
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To: SamAdams76
"The Yanks can have him."

They do!

It's going to be a long summer in Beantown. They'd better get a G.M.!!!

47 posted on 12/21/2005 5:16:06 AM PST by wireman
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To: Vision
Isn't he a great outfielder?

NO!!!!!, Mays and Mantle were great outfielders.

48 posted on 12/21/2005 5:23:04 AM PST by Boston Blackie
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To: misterrob
"But, if the Yankees want to continue losing money then that's their choice"

But the Yankees MAKE money. That's why everyone else (particularly Boston fans) gets pissed.

I remember in '79 when Pete Rose left Cincinnati to play for the Phillies. As a long suffering Philadelphia fan, I grew up despising Rose. Suddenly I thought he was the greatest thing since sliced bread. A lot of Yankees fans probably feel the same way about Damon.

And you Boston fans calling him a washed up bum.... You know that deep in your heart, you still wish you had him. He's better than any other center fielder you'll end up with this season.

49 posted on 12/21/2005 5:26:09 AM PST by wireman
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
And who's gonna play center for the Sox????????
50 posted on 12/21/2005 6:41:14 AM PST by tiger-one (The night has a thousand eyes)
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