Can't Johnny Damon just shut up for once and for all and move on?
Judas is running his big mouth off again about the Red Sox, basically calling them a bunch of cheapskates for letting him walk away last year and allowing the Yankees to grossly overpay him that $52 million contract last winter. Here's the story in today's New York Daily News:
I guess he's sees the big contracts the Sox gave to Daisuke Matsuzaka, J.D. Drew and Julio Lugo and couldn't help himself but put his two cents in on why he should still have been in a Red Sox uniform today.
This article conveniently forgets a lot of the history of what happened when Judas signed with New York. The Red Sox at the time simply were not going to give Damon more than a four-year, $40 million deal to stay in Boston. Everyone, including most of Red Sox Nation, agreed that giving Damon the contract he eventually got from the Yankees was crazy and that the Red Sox shouldn't do it. The Yankees were desperate for a centerfielder, and couldn't make a trade for Torii Hunter or any other quality CF out there, and were not going to open the season with Bubba Crosby out there (despite what Brian Cashman said at the time). So the Yankees made him a $52 million offer for four years. (Why did they go $3 million per year better than the Sox and not say, $1 million?)
A $40 million deal was simply not good enough for Damon, so he basically took the other higher offer and went to New York. He's a businessman like any other baseball player. (And don't forget, the Red Sox signed him as a free agent from Oakland in 2001.) But I lost a LOT of respect for him and his slimebag agent Boras for taking this deal and not giving the Red Sox brass a chance to even match it. (Remember Larry Lucchino found out about the deal from the media?) This isn't to say that the Sox would have matched it (and I don't think they would have), but Judas and Boras showed absolutely no class at all in not giving the Red Sox that opportunity. They should have at least had the Sox say to them, "We can't go that high, good luck in New York." But they did not. So he snuck off to New York, like the Baltimore Colts in 1984 leaving in the middle of the night for Indianapolis.
So once again, here is Damon yakking about the Sox, and probably deep down wishes he was still in a Red Sox uniform but would NEVER admit it. (At least not until after he retires. I GUARANTEE you that after he's done, Damon will give the inevitable interview about "the worst move I ever made in my career was leaving Boston." Not signing with New York, leaving Boston.) As far as I'm concerned, he took his legacy, wrapped it up in 52 million pounds of dynamite, and blew it sky-high. If having more money means more to him, so be it.
I would bet that most Yankee fans are getting pretty tired of him talking about his old team as well.
You took the money and went over to the Dark Side, Judas. I hope you and your additional $12 million will be very happy together.
Now just stop whining about it.