Everyday until spring training begins the "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog will review one player from the Yankees roster. We will review a total of 25 players, the 25 we believe will be on the active roster after spring training. Our reviews are all edited by Carl Pavano himself to insure they're up to the stringent "Pavano Tough" standards.
While Johnny Damon has declined as a baseball player by every conceivable measure, he is still one of the most important members of the Yankees clubhouse, not to mention our best lead off hitter. A strong supporter of American soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, Johnny Damon is much more than just our best lead-off hitter, he's also a husband, a philanthropist, and most likely to wear a golden thong now that Giambi is gone. Besides getting on base, Damon is known for walking around the clubhouse naked, and shaking things up in an otherwise corporate environment. Most recently, Damon has served as one of the Yankees best ambassadors, reaching out to both CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett, suckering them both into playing here. Damon is in the last year of his contract, and he's hoping the Yankees will pick him up for another couple years after this season. His performance over the course of the season may determine much of whether he is back in 2010, but the Yankees definitely benefit from his presence. The problem is, the Yankees have really stocked up at DH in the last couple of years, and currently carry three, while lesser teams just have one, maybe two.
My Fearless Prediction:
Damon will continue to be a more than serviceable lead-off hitter and will continue to be our best option in left. The Yankees will not offer him arbitration but expect them to offer a new contract for two years.
Little Known Damon Fact:
Johnny Damon once traveled to the Himalayas, in order to find himself. He only found street gangs, however, forcing him to use his wits and superior street fighting abilities to battle his way back home. Once back in Florida, he took a nap.