Johnny Damon’s decision to veto any trade to the Boston Red Sox further affirms my long held belief, that the Red Sox treat their players like garbage.
After Damon’s tremendous contributions to the Red Sox franchise, they refused to give him a reasonable contract. The very next year they gave J.D. Drew a more lucrative contract than they offered to Johnny Damon.
You see a lot more players leave Boston for New York than the reverse. We’ve seen Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Roger Clemens do it. More recently effective lefty specialst Mike Myers was not offered a contract by Boston and signed with New York. Damon was essentially told to leave and went to New York where he played a major role in a World Series run. Tom Gordon, Alan Embree, and Doug Mientkiewicz also made the Boston to New York upgrade.
Let’s not fail to mention how they gave Mr. Red Sox Nomar Garciaparra the boot, shipped Manny to LA, and let Pedro go without second thought. Bronson Arroyo took a significant discount to stay in Boston, then was promptly traded for Wily Mo Pena. Oddly enough they idolize their big fat DH and act as though he didn’t take steroids although a positive test indicated that he did.
Going the other way you basically have David Wells who was mad at New York due because of the way he was treated regarding a back injury. Meanwhile the Yankees felt he didn’t take care of his body and cost them the 2003 World Series. Now that tempers have cooled, David Wells cheers for the Yankees.
Now, I understand that Damon very well could have bought a house in Detroit and may want to stay in the city(although I find it hard to believe he is planning on settling down in the lovely town of Detroit). Nevertheless, the trend is pretty pronounced and hard to ignore.