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In early March, I met Johnny Damon for breakfast at an IHOP near Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., where Johnny has lived most of his life.
Once Damon was divorced and engaged to marry Mangan, she got into a verbal catfight with Shonda Schilling, wife of Damon's teammate Curt Schilling. It seemed that Mangan had taunted Shonda by flashing an eight-carat diamond engagement ring in her face. Asked about the incident, Damon said that "Shonda was not a very nice lady," and if you were married to Curt, "you wouldn't be, either."
a painting that mimicked Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper" -- Damon takes the part of Christ, and his Red Sox teammates are the 12 disciples
Player dWAR Rbaser PA OPS+ WAR/pos G PosIvan Rodriguez 28.7 -2.3 10270 106 68.4 2543 *2H/D34Buddy Bell 23.0 -17.3 10009 109 66.1 2405 *5/98H6D374Frankie Frisch 21.6 29.3 10099 110 70.4 2311 *45/6HGraig Nettles 20.9 -3.4 10228 110 68.0 2700 *5H/739D68Steve Finley 2.8 28.9 10460 104 44.0 2583 *89H/7D1Max Carey -0.1 88.0 10769 108 54.2 2476 *879/HJohnny Damon -3.1 76.5 10917 104 56.0 2490 *87D9H/3Vada Pinson -5.8 28.0 10402 111 54.1 2470 *897H/3DBill Buckner -12.2 -7.9 10037 100 14.8 2517 *37H9D
It confused Damon, embittering him. The Yankees signed Nick Johnson, who had a reputation for always being hurt, and not Damon, who always played hurt. "And then of course, Johnson got hurt," Damon said. "I woulda been perfect for Tampa, too. I played for the Rays in 2011, and it was fun. Guys kicked a soccer ball in the clubhouse and did cartwheels. On road trips, I cut the sleeves of my shirt to show my guns. But then the Rays messed up and signed Luke Scott instead of me." I asked him who Luke Scott was. "Exactly! Baltimore released him. He's a guy who hits a few home runs when they don't count. I could still play 120 games. Maybe not nine innings, but I could gas it up for six innings and be as good as anybody."
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