April 11 2011 Johnny Damon Boston Red Sox MLB Tampa Bay Rays.flv

March 17, 2012

BOSTON — For approximately 15 minutes, in the visitor’s dugout at Fenway Park, Johnny Damon showed exactly why he was one of the most popular players ever to put on a Red Sox uniform. He answered every question fired at him. From returning to Fenway as a visitor with his fifth different team to how he felt about Manny Ramirez’s retirement leaving the Rays in the lurch to the dynamic at last year’s trade deadline that left him staying in Detroit and the Red Sox winding up with Carl Crawford. So, without further adieu, we present Johnny Damon, uncut. Does it ever get old coming back? “No, this place is magical. This place meant so much to me during my four years here. It was a real pain in the butt in my four years in New York. Bottom line, I’m a baseball player. I go out and try to play as good as I can. Now, I’m on team number six so it’s part of the game.” Do you still have energy for the game? “Certain days, yes, other days you’re a little tired.” Are you surprised at your team’s 1-8 start? “Absolutely. There’s definitely some reasoning. Our pitching’s been pretty good. Our offense has been real bad. We might have one guy hitting over .250 right now, and anytime you lose a guy like Longoria in the second game of the season and then we lose Manny, who was really solid for us during spring training and we were looking forward to doing a lot of good things this year. Right off the bat, we lose our No. 3 and No. 4 guys and we have a young team. We have a lot of young guys
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