Break out the blades: Johnny Damon is a Yankee!
Johnny Damon
Johnny Damon

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  1. I understand this may be a really New York-centric joke…
    New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has a rule against facial hair if you play for the Yankees. The Yankees, Steinbrenner believes, are the class of all sport and that means you must be well-behaved, clean-shaven and have short hair. You might get away with a small mustache but your hair cannot touch your shoulders.
    Randy Johnson had to shave and cut his hair last year.
    Next season Johnny Damon will have to shave that mountain man beard and get a haircut if he plans to play for the Yankees. I believe the “hair rule” is actually written into the Yankees contract so players are legally required to follow the hair and dress code.

  2. I understand this may be a really New York-centric joke…
    New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has a rule against facial hair if you play for the Yankees. The Yankees, Steinbrenner believes, are the class of all sport and that means you must be well-behaved, clean-shaven and have short hair. You might get away with a small mustache but your hair cannot touch your shoulders.
    Randy Johnson had to shave and cut his hair last year.
    Next season Johnny Damon will have to shave that mountain man beard and get a haircut if he plans to play for the Yankees. I believe the “hair rule” is actually written into the Yankees contract so players are legally required to follow the hair and dress code.

  3. I like it as well, clem — both the clean cut image and the placeholder the Yankees create for excellence across all sport. I also like the NBA’s dress code for all players. It strengthens the goodness of the team if they look like they care about how they look and behave in public.

  4. I like it as well, clem — both the clean cut image and the placeholder the Yankees create for excellence across all sport. I also like the NBA’s dress code for all players. It strengthens the goodness of the team if they look like they care about how they look and behave in public.

  5. Despite having lived in NJ / NY for most of my life and being fond of the Yankees (for all the wrong reasons – I liked that in the show Seinfeld, one of the characters worked for the Yankees management) I have to question Damon’s reasons for leaving the Red Sox.
    My impression of him when he was with the Red Sox was that he was loyal down to the bone to the team, and not necessarily money.
    It reminds me of the wrestler in the 80’s who was supposed to be rich, and got other wrestlers to do humiliating things for money.

  6. Gordon!
    I think he’s loyal to the team signing his paychecks and that’s about as much loyalty as one can expect today from professional modern athletes. His transaction pattern is interesting:
    June 1, 1992: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (35th pick) of the 1992 amateur draft.
    January 8, 2001: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Kansas City Royals with Mark Ellis to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics sent Ben Grieve to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Oakland Athletics sent Angel Berroa and A.J. Hinch to the Kansas City Royals. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sent Cory Lidle to the Oakland Athletics. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sent Roberto Hernandez to the Kansas City Royals.
    November 5, 2001: Granted Free Agency.
    December 21, 2001: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.

    So I don’t see him as loyal or disloyal — he’s just happy to play for money — but I think he’ll fit in really well with the Yankees and he will be a tremendous asset to the team.

  7. Gordon!
    I think he’s loyal to the team signing his paychecks and that’s about as much loyalty as one can expect today from professional modern athletes. His transaction pattern is interesting:
    June 1, 1992: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (35th pick) of the 1992 amateur draft.
    January 8, 2001: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Kansas City Royals with Mark Ellis to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics sent Ben Grieve to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Oakland Athletics sent Angel Berroa and A.J. Hinch to the Kansas City Royals. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sent Cory Lidle to the Oakland Athletics. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sent Roberto Hernandez to the Kansas City Royals.
    November 5, 2001: Granted Free Agency.
    December 21, 2001: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.

    So I don’t see him as loyal or disloyal — he’s just happy to play for money — but I think he’ll fit in really well with the Yankees and he will be a tremendous asset to the team.

  8. I agree with you, Dave! It’s a huge steal! Boston refused to give Damon what he wanted and the Yankees didn’t flinch so we have Damon and they’re stuck with Manny Ramirez who doesn’t want to be there in the first place!
    :mrgreen:
    I hear Rogers Clemens is flirting with returning to Boston — but this week it was reported might leap back into pinstripes again!

  9. While I’m obviously a Sox fan (being in Massachusetts and all) I’m not a sports fan, if that makes any sense. I know a lot of people though who are diehard fans and take this very personally. What I said to a co-worker today about it gave me a topic for a post for the future 😉 and it has to do with how it must be hard to love a team when the players can up and leave when their contract is up…that the real loyalty to the team comes from the fans not the players. I related this to me being a fan of certain shows and how if a character left the show I might be heartbroken but I doubt I’d feel betrayed unless maybe Grissom left CSI for CSI: Miama. So without giving away my entire post that was my point. As a non-sports fan that Damon guy always seemed creepy to me.

  10. While I’m obviously a Sox fan (being in Massachusetts and all) I’m not a sports fan, if that makes any sense. I know a lot of people though who are diehard fans and take this very personally. What I said to a co-worker today about it gave me a topic for a post for the future 😉 and it has to do with how it must be hard to love a team when the players can up and leave when their contract is up…that the real loyalty to the team comes from the fans not the players. I related this to me being a fan of certain shows and how if a character left the show I might be heartbroken but I doubt I’d feel betrayed unless maybe Grissom left CSI for CSI: Miama. So without giving away my entire post that was my point. As a non-sports fan that Damon guy always seemed creepy to me.

  11. Robinov!
    I agree loyalty in sport has changed from individual players and to the team and that is precisely what the owners wanted to happen across all sport even though it costs the death of childhood memories and star worship. The “you cannot remove your helmet during a game” NFL rule is precisely a way to ensure team loyalty and to not create individual stars.
    Damon was a Yankee-killer and, in the philosophy of Keyser Soze, it is better to have your enemies closer to you than your friends!
    :mrgreen:

  12. Can I ask what brings on the Robinovsky so I know ahead of time what I do to deserve my new name? You know when I try to get a hold of Frank I just get voicemail.
    Well I’ll always come back if Keyser Soze is included. I did a post trying to prove my point from my comment about not giving away endings of movies. I guess I should have done a trackback to get you to see it 😛

  13. Can I ask what brings on the Robinovsky so I know ahead of time what I do to deserve my new name? You know when I try to get a hold of Frank I just get voicemail.
    Well I’ll always come back if Keyser Soze is included. I did a post trying to prove my point from my comment about not giving away endings of movies. I guess I should have done a trackback to get you to see it 😛

  14. Can I ask what brings on the Robinovsky so I know ahead of time what I do to deserve my new name? You know when I try to get a hold of Frank I just get voicemail.
    Well I’ll always come back if Keyser Soze is included. I did a post trying to prove my point from my comment about not giving away endings of movies. I guess I should have done a trackback to get you to see it 😛

  15. Robiniki —
    The form of your name is all based upon time of day, level of Christianity in the air, and how we are feeling about you in the moment that determines the spelling of your name. It is unpredictable because your comments postings are unpredictable as well.
    :mrgreen:
    Frank will sort this out for you because Frank is always Frank. There’s no name-modification going on there — ever.
    Trackbacks are the only way we know you are burning our ears, Robinkivsko!

  16. Robiniki —
    The form of your name is all based upon time of day, level of Christianity in the air, and how we are feeling about you in the moment that determines the spelling of your name. It is unpredictable because your comments postings are unpredictable as well.
    :mrgreen:
    Frank will sort this out for you because Frank is always Frank. There’s no name-modification going on there — ever.
    Trackbacks are the only way we know you are burning our ears, Robinkivsko!

  17. Robiniki —
    The form of your name is all based upon time of day, level of Christianity in the air, and how we are feeling about you in the moment that determines the spelling of your name. It is unpredictable because your comments postings are unpredictable as well.
    :mrgreen:
    Frank will sort this out for you because Frank is always Frank. There’s no name-modification going on there — ever.
    Trackbacks are the only way we know you are burning our ears, Robinkivsko!

  18. I take great joy in being unpredictable and actually enjoy my nicknames since the only one I had as a kid was RoRo and that didn’t last very long. Oh then there was Snarf but I won’t get into that.
    Well when I get a hold of Frank we’ll have to discuss it, the good thing about Frank is he’s always Frank.

  19. I take great joy in being unpredictable and actually enjoy my nicknames since the only one I had as a kid was RoRo and that didn’t last very long. Oh then there was Snarf but I won’t get into that.
    Well when I get a hold of Frank we’ll have to discuss it, the good thing about Frank is he’s always Frank.

  20. I take great joy in being unpredictable and actually enjoy my nicknames since the only one I had as a kid was RoRo and that didn’t last very long. Oh then there was Snarf but I won’t get into that.
    Well when I get a hold of Frank we’ll have to discuss it, the good thing about Frank is he’s always Frank.