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Johnny Damon goes 1-for-3 with walk, double play for Thailand in WBC qualifier

Nov 15, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Johnny Damon AP

Johnny Damon started at designated hitter and batted third for Thailand in Game 1 of the World Baseball Classic qualifier, going 1-for-3 with a single and a walk while grounding into a double play.

Thailand got blown out by the Philippines thanks largely to committing a WBC-record seven errors defensively, which makes Damon being their DH sort of amusing.

One team among Thailand, Chinese Taipei, New Zealand, and the Philippines will advance to participate in the 16-team WBC.

  1. rigatonikid - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Damon’s arm is so bad that he can’t even play the corn for Thailand.

  2. geoknows - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Anybody besides me having trouble getting their brain wrapped around the whole Johnn-Damon-playing-baseball-for-Thailand thing?

    • pellypell - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      I did until I realized this is his mother’s homeland.

      Pic of Damon and his mother:

    • historiophiliac - Nov 15, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      It was weird for me at first too because I didn’t remember him doing it before — so, then, why now? It seemed random.

  3. richwizl - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    I guess JD is hoping to stay in the public eye, hoping to get another contract in MLB, but Thailand is a long-shot to make the tournament.

  4. sometimesimisscandlestick - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    In that grouping I would have to go with Taiwan (oops, sorry Chinese Taipei) to be the advancing team.

  5. yankeepunk3000 - Nov 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Damon play for you long time….oh I love racism…and I love Damon…almost as much as racism!

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