After a month of no news or action, the Randy Winn signing was a bit underwhelming…
All off-season, Yankees fans everywhere have yearned for the return of fan favorite Johnny Damon. Perfectly suited for left field in the new Yankee Stadium, it seemed, at least initially, as though the two sides would eventually come together.
Yet, as we approach February, the link between Damon and the Yankees is irreparably damaged. I don’t blame the player and I clearly find fault with the agent, Scott Boras. If, at one point, the Yankees were willing to pay 2 years at $14 million when Damon wanted at least 2 years at $22 million, it would seem that there was room for compromise. However, neither side actively pursued resolution and now the team has clearly moved on.
It’s a sad situation and the Yankees will regret the move at some point this season. Perhaps a couple of years down the road when Carl Crawford is patrolling left, it won’t get a passing thought. But for now, we say goodbye to Damon…prematurely in my opinion. I wish him the very best wherever he lands (even if it is in Toronto). Thanks, Johnny, for the great memories in the Bronx!
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Meanwhile, the Yankees have signed former San Francisco Giants outfielder Randy Winn. Winn is coming off a disappointing season but he’s been a reliable player in years past. I am very disappointed with the move and I truly hope that Brett Gardner wins the job outright in spring training. Perhaps another signing is imminent (Reed Johnson or Rocco Baldelli?) but most likely, the Yankees have made their final player move before heading to Tampa.
It was difficult to watch Xavier Nady sign with the Chicago Cubs. I had really hoped that if the Yankees didn’t sign Damon, they’d pursue Nady. Maybe he regresses in his attempt to come back from an injury-filled 2009 season, but I really think he’ll have a solid season and will be one of the free agent success stories. It was an excellent move for Lou Piniella and the Cubs.
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Sports-wise, this has been a tough week for me. On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings lost a heartbreaker to the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings had their chances but it was not meant to be. As Buster Olney put it, you expect to win as a Vikings fan but you are conditioned to lose. I am not optimistic about next season if the starting QB is either Tavaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels so this was definitely the lost opportunity of a lifetime. It was more painful than the loss in the 1998 NFC Championship to the Atlanta Falcons.
So far, 2010 has not been a great year for my sports teams but there is still much time for a major turnaround. Sorry Julia! I do not intend to lose to you this year…in any sport!