The Detroit Tigers just recently inked Johnny Damon to a one-year $8 million dollar contract. The 14-year veteran despite the long awaited offseason claimed to have anticipated the motor city as his expected destination before the deal was even discussed.
“I felt like I was a Tiger probably a month and a half ago,” said Damon. “I think it’s a shock when you go into the offseason and you win the World Series and you have a good year and the market’s tough. But you deal with it. You move forward with it. And that’s exactly what we did. I’m happy with how it turned out. And I’m glad to be a Tiger.”
Last season as a member of the World Champion New York Yankees, Damon hit for a career high 24 homers with 82 RBI’s and a .288 batting average. Growing up near the Tigers spring training in Lakeland, Florida, he was thrilled to recieve the news on joining his new club. “This is where we wanted to be,” he continued. “It is where my family wanted to be. Contrary to what has been reported, I wanted a place where I could win right away. I have always been truthful and Detroit was always my first choice, and my wife and I are going to love it there.”