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Sweeny Says: Heeeere’s Johnny Damon

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Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Johnny Damon throws with other position players during their spring training baseball workout at the Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Johnny Damon throws with other position players during their spring training baseball workout at the Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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A little quality time with Johnny Damon is always fun. While he’ll always be remembered as a key member of the 2009 World Series Champs, Damon has also led a bit of an itinerant lifestyle as a baseball player, now a member of the Rays (his sixth organization overall, third in the last three years).

About an hour before Thursday’s exhibition between the Yankees and Rays, Damon entertained about twenty media members from New York and Tampa, even one from Boston. Damon spoke about the Rays chances this year, his old and new teammate Manny Ramirez, and the now yearly topic of how much longer he wants to keep playing:

Damon couldn’t tear his old #18 away from Ben Zobrist, so he he has settled on #22. Asked why that number, Damon ripped off the names of some other #22’s he admires–Clyde Drexler, Emmitt Smith, and Roger Clemens.

Damon has always been a person who knows his role as team leader and spokesman. He also takes his charitable work seriously, the Wounded Warrior Project being an especially close cause.

Sweeny Murti
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