Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Johnny Damon's perfect ending: reach 3,000 hits as Tampa Bay Ray then end career with Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The question is speculative, of course, but Johnny Damon has his reasons, some sentimental, for saying that if he were fortunate enough to be elected to the Hall of Fame, he would like to be inducted as a Royal.

"I think that would be the fairest thing," the designated hitter said Friday.

And he has some specific issues with the two teams he won World Series with, the Red Sox and Yankees.

Damon, 37, said a perfect scenario would be to stay with the Rays as long as he can, at least two more seasons to get the 328 hits he needs to reach the 3,000 milestone, then eventually return to finish his career with the Royals in a part-time role. He broke into the majors in 1995 and played six seasons with the Royals, whom he rooted for as a kid, having been born in Kansas.

"Like a final goodbye," he said. "That would allow the fans — they saw some glimpses, but they were never allowed to see me become a superstar (as he got traded after his stellar 2000 season to Oakland)."

Damon, in his first season with the Rays, said he would've considered representing the Yankees had they let him stay more than four seasons. "That's one of the tough things," he said. "That could have been them, easy."

He has no such feelings about the Red Sox, saying part of the reason he declined a waiver-claim trade there from Detroit last season was distrust for the Red Sox front office. "Who knows what Boston would have done?" he said. "Maybe I go there and they don't play me, and it's more about me than the team. Or maybe they release me and embarrass me. There's definitely no love between the front office and myself, so I can't trust them for anything."

Damon said he is aware of some current trade rumors and that since he doesn't have a no-trade clause — "that kind of stinks," he said — the Rays at least keep him apprised of the situation.

Johnny Damon's perfect ending: reach 3,000 hits as Tampa Bay Ray then end career with Kansas City Royals 07/22/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 23, 2011 1:22am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Ryan Callahan: Brian Boyle will beat cancer diagnosis

    Blogs

    Ryan Callahan has been friends with Brian Boyle for a long-time, the two veterans playing together for seven years between the Rangers and the Lightning.

  2. Taylor Raddysh among first Lightning camp cuts

    Blogs

    Lightning forward prospect Taylor Raddysh was among the first cuts in camp, the team trimming its roster by six on Wednesday.

  3. Chris Archer, 25,000 Cubs fans and Tampa Bay's painful truth

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The biggest ovation inside Tropicana Field on Tuesday night was not for Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who was returning for the first time since managing the Rays.

    "W" flags fly in the stands after the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Rays Tuesday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. A rendering of the Bucs' indoor practice facility.
  5. Clemson reunion for Bucs' Adam Humphries, Vikings' Mackensie Alexander

    Bucs

    Bucs receiver Adam Humphries will have a familiar face lining up against him Sunday when he's in the slot and the Vikings have Mackensie Alexander guarding him as their nickel defensive back.

    Bucs wide receiver Adam Humphries (10) makes a reception before being tackled by Chicago Bears defensive back Marcus Cooper (31) Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]