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A-Rod offered Damon free agency advice

Feb 26, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT


Rodriguez, speaking publicly Thursday for the first time this spring,
said he reached out to Damon this offseason to offer advice on free

“Johnny and I are very good friends, and we’ve always had a lot of
dialogue, both in the offseason and the season,” Rodriguez said. “I was
just trying to share some of my experiences with him.”

Too bad Damon didn’t listen to him. If he had, he would have put Scott Boras in the time-out chair, negotiated his own deal with the Yankees and wouldn’t have to pretend to be excited about being in Detroit right now.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Feb 26, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    We all have great hindsight. When Johnny Damon signed a 4 year $52M contract to come to the Yankees at age 32 he was presumably happy, and happy to play. He didn’t know then what economic pressures, real or imagined, would be facing the baseball business 4 years later. Well, they changed and he was older with presumed recognizable faults and received an offer that HE considered not fit for his abilities.
    But he has now learned that the outside world has re-adjusted to other than anyone could have anticipated, and through this lack of analytical thinking, did manage to maintain only his true value in the market.
    This happens all the time to people in all walks of life(more so probably to athletes because of their limited shelf life) and everyone has to make do.
    I am only criticizing him in the sense of his global view (how he fits in with reality). He is a SUPER player, should fit well with the Tigers, may be enough to get them to the next level they barely missed last year. In this sense, Boras might have saved him from him self, on the other hand, he should have controlled himself, and realized these things in December so he could be part of the 2010 World Champion New York Yankees (as usual, can’t help myself)

  2. Xpensive Wino - Feb 26, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Damon is as happy about being in Detroit as Brett Favre was being in New York. He’ll be out of there on July 31st.

  3. YANKEES1996 - Feb 26, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    In all the stories written by Craig and others about Damon and Boras this off season and with the number of people on this blog that told Damon to handle his own business with the Yankees it is truly amazing that JD would decide not to listen to someone that lived the same situation. I like Johnny Damon he is a good player and was a good Yankee but ultimately he got exactly what he deserved! He admitted several times in the early off season that he wished to stay with the Yankees, well Johnny words are one thing but your actions were something else completely! Good luck in Detroit.

  4. Jack Meoffer - Feb 26, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Being happy about playing in Detroit is like saying you are looking forward to a prostate exam with a doctor who has big huge sausage fingers.

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