As you might imagine, Red Sox Nation is a little bit miffed that Johnny Damon opted to stay with the Detroit Tigers, rather than jump to Boston for the last six weeks of the season. And that's fine. Red Sox fans know Damon could help their team, and they're a little disappointed.â†µ
But the arrogance and entitlement that comes with questioning why anyone would choose the Tigers over the Red Sox is one reason why Boston has squandered the goodwill that fans felt for them before 2004. The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy took this even further, questioning why Damon would want to live in Detroit instead of Boston:â†µ
Think about it: For the next five weeks, you could live in downtown Boston and your wife could shop on Newbury Street. Or you could live in downtown Detroit, amid the boarded-up buildings and the proverbial skeleton frames of burned-out Chevrolets. Is this really a tough call?â†µ
There's an original sentiment. Never mind that the Red Sox are almost as far out of their playoff race as the Tigers are. And that Damon apparently found his treatment by the Boston front office and fans so repugnant that he reflexively decided he wouldn't go there. No, let's take a shot at the city of Detroit. Oh, and Shaughnessy also called Damon "idiotic."â†µ
It's that kind of mindset that likely turned Damon off from returning to Boston. Maybe Red Sox Nation - including the media that covers it - will get that now. But probably not.