I never like to quote too much from someone else's story, but I just feel like I have to leave this Johnny Damon gem from MLB.com's Jason Beck as is.
In a story about the likely batting order -- Austin Jackson leading off, with Damon, Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera rounding out the top four, Damon had this to say:
"I'm at two and Austin is leading off, he's going to dictate a lot of what happens, too," Damon said. "If he's on base and stealing, I'll be taking a lot more pitches. Also, the guys we've got coming up behind us, they've got something to prove. [Cabrera] is going to win an MVP before he's done. Magglio is on his contract year."
Cabrera's eyes widened as he looked over attentively. Damon smiled back.
"That's right, MVP, baby," Damon said. "And then you take me to dinner."
Thewould gladly feast on that style of offense.
One thing I like already: Damon seems to have fit right in from the moment he got there. I am not a big believer in "chemistry" when it comes to baseball. But I certainly can't complain about the vibe Damon is bringing to Tigertown.
Especially as a blogger.
Keep reading for more news from yesterday.
- Related: Ian wondered if Damon would bring the "idiot" personality -- made famous by a book by that title -- to the Tigers. Unfortunately for Ian, the idiots were the commenters at MLive who didn't bother to read the article before replying with vile.
- Another Beck story today. Lefty relief pitcher Bobby Seay had a cortisone shot to help deal with bursitis causing pain in his biceps, and he will be a few more days before he resumes pitching.
- What's Cabrera doing to Brent Dlugach? Nevermind, I don't want to know.
- Does it really matter who is No. 2 pitcher or No. 3? Not really. But interesting to see Max Scherzer called No. 3 in this story by MLive's Steve Kornacki. I think Scherzer is the better of the two pitchers, even if he is new to the team.
- I just like this photo.
- Yahoo! sports Steve Henson thinks the signing of Damon saved the Tigers' season.
- Mike of The Daily Fungo's response? "Them's fightin' words."
- Yesterday, I linked to the excellent Detroit News headline about Gene Lamont running over Jim Leyland on the golf course. Now, Samara has illustrated the scene.