Two of the first Yankees to finish the trip through the Canyon of Heroes and make their way into City Hall this morning were the team’s corner outfielders, Nick Swisher and Johnny Damon. One got there in his first year with the Yankees, the other in potentially his last year.
“First year guy coming over here and to become a part of this tradition and seeing exactly how it is, words can’t describe it,” Swisher said. “I still don’t have any words. Still speechless.”
Damon, of course, couldn’t let the speechless comment go.
“No he’s not,” Damon said. “Swish got to do it in his first year here. It took me my fourth and possibly final year. I am so overjoyed because you don’t know how many times you’re going to get to do this. To be in a ticker-tape parade in New York City, it’s amazing.”
Damon more or less said the ball is in the Yankees court this winter. He acknowledged that he’ll have options and said it comes down to “what kind of option the Yankees want to give me or not give me.”
“Why wouldn’t I want to come back?” Damon said. “We have the best owners in baseball. We have the most revenue. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of the Yankees tradition. I would like to continue mine and I feel like I can come back and do a great job.”