Cheers or jeers for Johnny?
First of all, thanks to everyone who chimed in this weekend, it was interesting fodder to read since I watched maybe one inning all weekend – the Saturday ninth inning!
Now, on to the main event. I want all of you to let me know what you would/will do if you had/have tickets to Monday’s game.
When public address announcer Carl Beane starts off the game with, "Batting first, Number 18, the center fielder, Johnny Damon!", do you cheer or do you boo and why?
I think my six-year-old son Tyler put it best. "I’d cheer because he was a great center fielder for the Red Sox for four years!"
To expand on Tyler’s point, Johnny Damon absolutely deserves to be cheeed during his first at-bat on Monday. This guy did nothing but play hard and play hurt and come through in the clutch for his entire four years in Boston. He made a business decision to go to the Yankees, just like the Red Sox made a business decision not to keep him.
Saying that, Damon is a Yankee now, so I think it’s fair game for fans to do whatever they want after that first at-bat. If they want to boo him like Sheffield or A-Rod or Jeter, that is anyone’s right because the man is now a Yankee.
But I feel very strongly that he deserves a very warm and heart felt "thank you" ovation in that first at-bat. Remember that Orlando Cabrera got standing ovations on three straight days when he came back last year. Orlando Cabrera! The guy played threee months in a Boston uniform. Johnny produced for four years and his two homers in Game 7 at Yankee Stadium was one of the best big game performances in Red Sox history.
So give that man a hand — a loud one — in that first at-bat. Then cut the cord from that point after and treat him however you wish.
The two-game series should be interesting. The Red Sox aren’t exactly clicking now so maybe the adrenaline of playing the Yankees at Fenway will get them back on track. I hope the rain stays away!