In the fall of 2004 Johnny Damon was the toast of Boston. He had just led the so-called "band of idiots" to their first World Series title since 1918. He could have been a hero in Boston for the rest of his life. But the real world intruded and the Red Sox and Damon could not agree on a contract after the 2005 season and Damon signed with the Yankees. The fans in Boston will forgive some things...but leaving the team to go to New York? As you might expect, Damon became a pariah. He signed with Detroit before this season and now the Red Sox have put in a waivers claim on the outfielder and would like him to return to beantown and help the Red Sox make a playoff push. Damon has a no-trade clause in his contract and the Red Sox are not one of the 8 teams that he can be traded to. He has to approve and from what I'm hearing it doesnt look like that will happen. He knows alot of bridges were burned back in 2005 and despite former teammates like David Ortiz and Jason Varitek lobbying him to return it appears that Damon in a Red Sox uniform will have to stay a memory...albeit a good one...for Sox fans.
The Woodchucks have retained Guido Aspeitia as field manager for 2011. The popular skipper led the Chucks to a 42-28 season and a playoff spot in the Northwoods League this season. Despite disagreeing with some of his strategic moves from the radio booth this year...I believe this is a no-brainer move for the Woodchucks. He's a high energy guy who is popular with the players and fans and has a successful track record. He also comes from California and gives the Chucks a leg-up on recruiting in that college baseball hot-bed.
The Fed-Ex Cup Golf Tournaments begin this week and Madison's Steve Stricker is poised to make a run at the title and the 10 million dollar prize that goes with it. The first of 4 tournaments begins in New Jersey and Stricker is second in Fed-Ex Cup points heading into the tournament. Tiger Woods will also play to try and improve his game enought to be named to the Ryder Cup team. Tiger's divorce was final yesterday.
Songs of The Day (from my I-pod)
Gimme Gimme Good Lovin-Crazy Elephant (1969) a slice of studio bubble-gum from producers Jeryy Kastenatz and Jeff Katz. The band didnt actually exist. Someone took the song and put it together with the famous dance scene from "Dirty Dancing"on You Tube.
Gimme Some Lovin-Spencer Davis Group (1966) a teenage Steve Winwood nails this rocker and gives a glimpse of his enormous talent. One of the great rock & roll songs of all time.