Red Sox Game Day Connections: Game 62, New York Yankees

Johnny Damon, as the Tampa Bay Rays face the Red Sox. Photo by Kelly O'Connor, Used with permission, see more of her fantastic photos at http://sittingstill.smugmug.com/ and http://www.sittingstill.net/

Mark Bellhorn’s stint with the New York Yankees is largely forgotten to time. There are players who, in the eyes of some fans, who are never forgiven for their act of treason by signing with the New York Yankees.

The Original Idiot, Johnny Damon, is such a player. Due in part to his own quotes in the newspapers, and maybe partly because he won a World Series with the New York Yankees, Damon has received mixed reactions from fans even after he departed New York following the 2009 season.

It’s really too bad, because like Mark Bellhorn, Johnny Damon deserves appreciation more than anything else for his gigantic contributions to the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox are in sole possession of first place in the American League East. It’s fitting that they reach this spot again, as it was against the Yankees that the Red Sox finally won a game after an 0-6 start. Consider this, did the rivalry spark the Red Sox when it seemed that their season to that point was in the garbage can when they faced the Yankees? Maybe it ignited them?

With Josh Beckett facing C.C. Sabathia for the third time this season, there’s no doubt they’ll be fired up for the possibility of a sweep with the Yankee ace on the mound. The Sox have a chance to sweep the Yanks for the second time in a month. A sweep would be a great way to start the road trip that’ll take them through Toronto and Tampa Bay before they return home.

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