Curt Schilling plans on pitching in 2008, he just doesn’t know where. But there’s one thing he’s sure of: he won’t pull a Johnny Damon and sign with the Yankees.
Mariano Rivera is going to pitch next year and he wants to stay with the Yankees. For now, though, all he knows is he won’t pitch for the Red Sox.
It seems Yankees and Red Sox players are tripping over themselves in their eagerness to negotiate new contracts. None of them are above threatening to leave their respective teams, but all of them can agree: signing with the enemy is a no-no.
Which brings us back to Johnny “Judas” Damon. It seems everyone’s in agreement: Damon is an idiot. His teammates defend him, but then confess that they could never do what he did.
So what does Damon think? He still can’t believe the Sox didn’t pony up. From the New York Daily News:
“I knew they had the money back when they were negotiating with me; they just took their stance,” Damon said. “I was probably the only guy who never begged them to sign me.”
“They had a chance for a month and a half after the season, but when they don’t talk to you or offer you a contract in that time, it tells you they don’t want you,” Damon said. “That’s fine with me. I wasn’t going to be in a situation where they didn’t want me. I think they just looked at it as, ‘Johnny loves it here.’ It was great, but this suits me a lot better. I’m a happier person because of it.
For such a happy person, Damon sure does sound bitter, doesn’t he?