After last night’s game, Johnny Damon spoke like a guy who’s proud of his new team, and wants to help it reach the status of his old team.
“We need to do certain things so we’re able to measure how good our team is,” Damon said. “We know we’re good, but we want to be great. Everybody in here wants to be great. Today was a good step, but we have them for three more days, and we know what the Yankees are all about.”
Let there be no doubt, Damon has been good this year. He remains a productive big league hitter, and at 36 years old, he’s played every one of the Tigers games this season. He seems even more productive compared to the players who replaced him with the Yankees. Damon, of course, took the high road, saying he takes no pleasure in sticking it to his old team.
“I’m not that kind of person to ever do that,” he said. “I know what kind of player I am, what I was and what I can be still. I never look at it that way. I just keep going about my business and keep trying to play the game hard, and keep trying to play the game the right way.”
Here’s Damon’s pregame interview from yesterday. Pretty good stuff from him, including the fact that he occasionally wears both his Yankees World Series ring and his Red Sox World Series ring at the same time. “Not too many people can do it,” he said.