Congratulations to the Red Sox for getting back to the World Series! There are a lot of similarities to our 2004 team and a lot of fun to watch, especially the beards!
Article from CBS Radio, October 24, 2013
Johnny Damon, a career .284 hitter, has 2,769 hits and 408 stolen bases on his resume. And yet, the 39-year-old didn’t play a single game this year.
Because no one wanted him.
“I would love to (come back and make a run at 3,000 hits),” Damon, who needs 231 base knocks to reach the hallowed benchmark, said on The Morning Show. “But the fact that I didn’t get a phone call this year just kind of opens your eyes. (You realize), ‘You know what? It was a great run.’ If someone gives me a call early next year, I’ll be ready. I’ve been staying in shape playing soccer and lifting. But like I said, it was a great run, and spending time at home this past season – my kids really enjoyed me being around. So we’ll see. I would have to get a call fairly early, and if not, I’ll announce something sometime next year.”
Damon, who turns 40 next month, admitted he misses certain aspects of the game – none more than playing postseason baseball, which he last played in 2011 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.
“That’s the moment you live for,” he said. “The thing is, you have a chance to win – and that’s what I miss. Yes, I miss the guys, but I also know family life wouldn’t quite be the same.”
Damon is watching the World Series with keen interest – he won a World Series with Boston in 2004 – and hopes the Red Sox can win their third championship of the last decade. He also said people underestimate just how important team chemistry is in baseball.
“Oh, it’s incredible,” he said. “Some people call it swag. Some people call it team camaraderie. But I don’t think our 2004 team could have survived without it. Even the 2009 (Yankees team that I won the World Series with), sometimes one guy in the clubhouse isn’t enough. You need to have the other guys – the Nick Swishers and the Kevin Millars – because it’s tough to do it on an everyday basis. And when you have a number of guys who know how to keep a clubhouse loose, it goes a long ways. And it seems like this Red Sox team is very together. It’s fun to watch. It seems like they’re having fun and that’s what they’re supposed to do. I wish them all the best. It seems like that first game (an 8-1 Boston win) could have given them a lot of momentum, but I’m sure the Cardinals are thinking differently.”
St. Louis’ rookie phenom, Michael Wacha, will start Game 2 on Thursday.
“He seems to be pretty good,” Damon said.
Damon, who would fit in well with this year’s Red Sox team – “Yeah, my beard has been looking really good still. Only one gray hair,” he said – isn’t surprised Boston rebounded from a 69-93 season to make the World Series.
“What the Red Sox had going for them this year was there was no pressure on them; everybody picked them to finish dead last,” he said. “ And as a guy who competed against them last year (as a member of the Indians), I saw they had a strong team. They just – Boston can sometimes do that to you. Once you hit a losing streak and the stories off the field become bigger than the stories on the field – it’s tougher to play there.”
Tougher, even, than New York.
“I would say Boston would be tougher,” he said. “Everybody (there) knows what’s going on.”
Speaking of New York, Damon was asked about Alex Rodriguez’s future.
“That’s a tough question,” Damon said. “I wish I knew every answer that’s going on with (his) situation. All I know is he’s been a friend of mine. I wish him well. I hope if there’s a suspension, it’s not too long.”