Dave, I'll miss Johnny Damon. It was fabulous watching him run like a deer in center field, and he was an exciting and productive hitter, capable of igniting team rallies again and again. To top it off, despite his simian appearance, he was magnetic, charming, and generous in his personal interviews.
But he came to the Sox from somewhere else, we got the peak of his career, and now he's off somewhere else. The Yankees got him not only for the money -- which an athlete has to average out over his entire life, not his much shorter working life -- but because, year after year, the Yankees are the best team in baseball, and any player with some pride wants to play with the best. Why do you think the Celtics used to land such good players as backups (think Bill Walton)?
Good luck, Johnny. May you have many more healthy playing years.