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Pride, power, pinstripes and … um …

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Nov 29, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Johnny Damon, in Thailand this week, chatted with a reporter from Reuters and revealed the secret to the 2008 Yankees.

“It’s all about jokes, doing naked pull ups and putting on my shorts in front of the other guys. We have to keep things as loose as possible,” he said.

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87 Responses to “Pride, power, pinstripes and … um …”

  1. Shamus November 29th, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    Wow…

  2. SF Yanks November 29th, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    pencils?

  3. YankeeinBoston November 29th, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    If anything, Damon always keeps things interesting. (if not somewhat disturbing)

  4. ND Yank November 29th, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    #27 is all but guaranteed.

  5. mel November 29th, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    Johnny being Johnny…Love the response when asked why he left the Sox for the Yankees…”Because they didn’t want me anymore” Of course he was talking to a bunch of grade-school kids, but awwww.

  6. El Comaduce November 29th, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    Good times…

    This might influence Johans no trade clause

  7. Rebecca--Optimist Prime November 29th, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    That’s an interesting image.

  8. J-Dawg November 29th, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    Man, that Johnny Damon is such a wacky character. He really loosens up the atmosphere and is invaluable in the clubhouse. He’s going to be ready to go. He will get in better shape and be ready to roam left field or center if Melky gets traded. He has plenty left in the tank and he is still a terrific leadoff hitter. That guy is crazy! :)

  9. El Comaduce November 29th, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Keep him in left – i would use a complete NO-STICk center fielder… We can carry a horrible number nine for center… If gardner plays good defense, put him in center, let him hit 250…

  10. SJ44 November 29th, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    The thought of Jason Giambi doing naked pullups just might make Johan stay in Minny!

  11. Wolf In Pinstripes November 29th, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    “The thought of Jason Giambi doing naked pullups just might make Johan stay in Minny!”

    LOL. Imagine if Torre, Zimmer, and Stottlemyre were still in the clubhouse. :D

  12. mel November 29th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    The thought of Giambi and Damon naked in the same room would make me start cheering for the Red Sox.

  13. SJ44 November 29th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    I think Johnny has a huge 2008.

    He had a broken foot and couldn’t work out at all last off-season. That contributed to him coming to camp out of shape.

    This off-season, he has got a personal trainer and the guy has too much pride not to have a big season this year.

    He’s not done. We saw that the second half of the season and the post-season.

    The key is keeping him from not overdoing it early in the year. Especially, in bad weather games.

    Save his legs until the weather gets warmer and he’s a force in the lineup.

    Its why, if Melky is traded Brett Gardner becomes important to the team as the 4th OF. Allows Johnny to play some left (with Matsui as the DH), allows for solid CF defense and a little more speed in the lineup when he is in there.

  14. Rebecca--Optimist Prime November 29th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    wolf: Dude, I’m eating.

  15. migames November 29th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    wow, this blog went down a road i never wanted it to go down

  16. Mike R. November 29th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    Wolf – I’ll give you Stottlemyre…maybe Torre, but there is no way Zimmer could do a naked pull up. ;)

  17. wood is good November 29th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    I doubt seeing Giambi naked there’d be much to see. :D

  18. mel November 29th, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Wolf,

    You know what’s crazy? Is that Bowa would beat Giambi and would probably be close to beating Johnny. I’m going to miss that guy…

  19. Bill Porter November 29th, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Naked pull ups, makes one glad Zimmer is no longer around. No body needs to see that. Nobody.

  20. sunny615 November 29th, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    getting ill. please stop.

  21. Rebecca--Optimist Prime November 29th, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    But Shelley would outperform them all.

  22. gayle November 29th, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    I never thought I would say this when he was playing for the Red Sox but I love Johnny Damon. I had a chance to see him when he played for a minor league team in my hometown the Wilmington Blue Rocks(they were the KC affiliate) but when he went to the Sox I couldnt deal but now he is on the Yanks he is a breath of fresh air lol.

    FYi there is an interview with Ron Guidry opver at yesnetwork.com.It is his first since being let go as far as I know. Bottom line has no hard feelings towards the Yanks. Would come to Spring training if asked. Like Dave Eiland a lot.

  23. Shamus November 29th, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    LOL– SJ44

    You just answered the very question I jut posed to you on the last thread… funny stuff.

    I hope Damon has a little left in the tank… Maybe sit him down with Bobby Abreu to talk about crashing into walls…

  24. mel November 29th, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Rebecca,

    I don’t know. I heard that Joe G. outran all the guys when he was the bench coach. ;)

  25. Rebecca--Optimist Prime November 29th, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    mel: But Shelley wasn’t with the team then ;)

  26. Brendon November 29th, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    Yeah what does Joey G have to say to this….well i guess now the yankees are like the 2004 redsox or the cowboys.

  27. CB November 29th, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    I agree that Damon will have a very good year. I would not trade him – it would be selling low.

    Damon was embarrassed last year by what happenned. I think he’ll come in this year in very different shape and mindset. He’s not done.

    If the yankees trade melky people need to relax about centerfield. Damon will be fine there. They have to stop trying to put the “perfect” player at every position even if it means signing a free agent like a Rowand or even a guy like Mike Cameron.

    Damon backed up by gardner would be fine for next season. Reevaluate after the season.

  28. S.o.S.27 November 29th, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    sj,

    Dont you think that Kennedy,Horne,Tabata and Melky is too much. I havnt seen Horne pitch but what I hear is that he might have a better upside than the big 3. If thats the case I cant picture giving up 2 top tier pitchers and Tabata(the next Manny?).

    I hope we’re not bidding vs. ourselves.

    Does Hank join in on the naked pull ups? That would make him the most hands on owner in all sports.

  29. JoeT YANKEES November 29th, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    loose clubhouse is good…….. not sure if it should be that loose though….

  30. mel November 29th, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    S.o.S.

    Hank doesn’t even get a half. He’s a smoker. lol.

  31. Rebecca--Optimist Prime November 29th, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    So who are you all picking tonight?

    Packers or Cowboys?

  32. mel November 29th, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    And please don’t say ‘hands on’ in this chat…

  33. El Comaduce November 29th, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    wow, this blog went down a road i never wanted it to go down

    the old dirt road?

  34. mel November 29th, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Packers. Old Fogey outwits the Young Gun.

  35. S.o.S.27 November 29th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Imagine it we pull a trade off for Cabrera. I think he would challenge zimmer and giambi in the please dont take it off list.

  36. The Bronx Stop November 29th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    naked pull-ups???? come on johnnnnnny

  37. Shamus November 29th, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    I can hear the ‘Deliverence’ banjo now…

  38. Felipe from Brazil November 29th, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Packers! Always go with the Pack Rebecca!

  39. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge November 29th, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    I bet Joe G could do more naked pull ups than Johnny D.

    I’m picking the packers, heck Brett Farve is my qb!! He better rack up points tonight!

  40. Shamus November 29th, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Outside the Lines on ESPN is about to rip the NFL network… this ought to be good.

  41. Felipe from Brazil November 29th, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    At least, this year…

  42. Rebecca--Optimist Prime November 29th, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    *Is tempted to make crack about wanting a hands-on experience in (pick your subject) *

  43. El Comaduce November 29th, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    I can hear the ‘Deliverence’ banjo now

    SQUEAL LIKE A PIG!!!

  44. J-Dawg November 29th, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Rebecca- I’ll pick the Cowboys. Green Bay is a little too banged up, but it will be a good one.

  45. Mike R. November 29th, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    As long as they refrain from naked wrestling we will be fine.

  46. Shamus November 29th, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Imagine if they signed Bartolo Colon as a low rent, one year risk….

    Imagine him and this whole naked pull up action?

    The absolute horror..

  47. Wolf In Pinstripes November 29th, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Rebecca: I owe you a lunch. My bad. ;)

    Believe it or not, I grew up a Cowboys fan in Northern Jersey (both the Giants and Jets sucked at the time I was introduced to the NFL). I’ll be pulling for them, but Favre scares the crap out of me.

  48. Rebecca--Optimist Prime November 29th, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Oh, and I went with the Pack on my blog :-D

  49. mel November 29th, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Jennifer,

    LOL. Lucky thing they didn’t ask LaRussa to spell “Favre” when he got pulled over.

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....ent-206331

  50. Felipe from Brazil November 29th, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    ugh! just remembered that “Borat” scene… disgusting

  51. Jaewon November 29th, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Rebecca: Cowboys. The amazing thing is, I think this attidtude ACTUALLY will help the Yankees.. . . nahhh.

  52. Jaewon November 29th, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    *additude

  53. mel November 29th, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    Shamus,

    Stop it. When you say Bartolo, all I can see is clown hair.

  54. Rebecca--Optimist Prime November 29th, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    Felipe: Okay, I might be skipping dinner tonight…

  55. ItalianGreco November 29th, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    I wonder if Sal Fasano did the naked pull ups with Johnny last year?…….

  56. migames November 29th, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    “Stop it. When you say Bartolo, all I can see is clown hair.”

    and when you say colon…..

  57. El Comaduce November 29th, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    ugh! just remembered that “Borat” scene… disgusting

    Hankestein chasing edwar around the lockeroom with swinging a rubber fist…

  58. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge November 29th, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    I’ll have to watch that when I get home. :(

  59. S.o.S.27 November 29th, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    MEL-Stop it. When you say Bartolo, all I can see is clown hair.

    Now you crossed the line. Noone wants to know about Bartolo’s private clown hair.

  60. Wolf In Pinstripes November 29th, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Even as a Cowboys fan, I hate Jerry Jones immensely. His comments on ESPN just now regarding the NFL Network scenario made me hate him even more.

  61. Rebecca--Optimist Prime November 29th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Is his clown hair like that flaming red clown hair?

    I am *so* bookmarking this thread.

  62. SJ44 November 29th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Sos,

    I don’t think its too much to Santana for several reasons:

    1. Unlike other years, the Yankees have replacements from within for every guy included in the deal. You have Hughes and Chamberlain as the “Young Guns”. More than enough.

    Short term, Gardner can give them what Melky gave them in every area except his arm. He is the kind of guy, as a 4th OF, good teams have on their bench. Jackson becomes the CF of the future and becomes the prime young OF being groomed. Dan McCutcheon will make people forget about Horne and Brackman will be ready in a year. Add in Humberto Sanchez, who could be ready in the second half of 2008, and the Yankees are just fine with high ceiling RH pitchers.

    2. Its Johan Santana! I think folks forget, or don’t want to comprehend, how big a coup it would be to have Santana.

    His “off” years equal the best years from Yankee starters the last 3 years.

    You could make a pretty compelling argument that they would have won the WS the last two years if Santana was in the rotation.

    He changes EVERYTHING on this pitching staff.

    No disrespect to the young guys, many of whom I like but, none of them will impact the team next year as much as Santana.

    Plus, he’s not on the downside of his career. He’s just approaching his peak.

    You don’t always get the chance to get a guy like that.

    OF’s, RH pitchers, you can replace those guys with good drafting each year. Plus, with the Yankees resources, they will always be factors in the Latin American free agency period. They may have the next Tabata in DeLeon. The early reports on him are amazing.

    Its one of those rare moments where the Yankees have the resources, the desire, and the ability to replace what’s traded without going outside the organization to do more deals.

  63. saucy November 29th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    rooting for packers. should be close though.

  64. S.o.S.27 November 29th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    EL COMEDUCE-Hankestein chasing edwar around the lockeroom with swinging a rubber fist…

    Now thats classic!!Maybe the Yanks should look into an HBO REALITY SHOW.

  65. mel November 29th, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    S.o.S.

    Get your mind out of the gutter. Seriously, do you think Pete will delete my comment for being obscene, vulgar, or pornographic?

  66. Felipe from Brazil November 29th, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Rebecca,

    just took a look to your blog… do you know the internet streamings softwares?

    You can see almost every game using one of them… The image isn’t all that jazz but works way better than “game day”… I usually use it to see Yankees and GB games not broadcasted by ESPN down here…

    if any of you guys want the links….

  67. El Comaduce November 29th, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Mel

    if my rubberfist comment stays – your safe….

    I cant stop laughing to myself… When they get in the elevator – all calm…

    way too funny

  68. Shamus November 29th, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Mel– that was great.

    Its like that old Jimmy Buffet song, yet revised:

    ‘We got clown hair to the North, clown hair to the South….’

    Anyone else dry heaving yet?

    WOW– PETE’s NEW POSADA POST IS AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  69. mel November 29th, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Shhh! Don’t tell Jerry Jones…

    http://myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?.....art=sports

  70. S.o.S.27 November 29th, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Mel-

    1. obsene-check
    2. vulgar-check
    3. pornographic-check

    I cant see why he would.

  71. Felipe from Brazil November 29th, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    hehehe
    that’s what I’m talking about! :D

  72. El Comaduce November 29th, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    “if you have to do it in the backwoods or in barns, it is probably not a good thing to do”

    Charles Barkley on mike and the dog talking about mike vick… CLASSIC

  73. Rebecca--Optimist Prime November 29th, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Okay, this thread is now officially bookmarked.

  74. Jake November 29th, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    enough of this hype about Horne, Sanchez, Tabata, Jackson, etc.

    you all have ZERO idea how they’ll do at the MLB level let alone AA or AAA. Just because Horne and Sanchez got by in Scranton doesn’t mean jack with respect to how they’ll do on the Yankees.

    look how well karstens pitches for team USA and how well he did at the minor league level, yet he’ll play on the Yankees in April and be back in Scranton by early May.

  75. S.o.S.27 November 29th, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    SJ,
    thanks for the insite on our studs comming up in the minors.
    Can you give your input on this Deleon guy. Age,position,power,speed etc. I appreciate it.

  76. Drive 4-5 November 29th, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Jake,

    Humberto Sanchez went on the DL May 7, 2007 and never pitched in Scranton or anywhere else last year. But the guy was ranked by Basball America as one of the 10 best prospects in baseball in 2006. He’s a 6’6″ 230 pound monster with a terrific stuff.

  77. Jake November 29th, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Drive 4-5,

    I meant to write Marquez, sorry.

    Yes, Humberto is highly regarded and has some nasty stuff. I hope he gets healthy and can setup for Mariano.

  78. DMan November 29th, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Great.. Another quote that will never go away…

  79. Frank Marco November 29th, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    that’s the Johnny I know and love!

  80. beedogs November 29th, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    so, who wears the hot pink, crotchless rally thong?

  81. Sebastian November 29th, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    Nice excuse to make for Damon showing up to camp out of shape SJ. Damon came to camp out of shape cuz he’s a lazy, complacent jerk who just got his big payday. Damon himself admitted he was out of shape and didn’t mention a broken foot being the reason.

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