Boston Red Sox: While most camps are abuzz with talk of players showing up having lost weight, Johnny Damon made his first spring appearance yesterday at a robust 220 pounds, fifteen above his playing weight of 2003. Steven Krasner of the Providence Journal reports that Damon attributes the weight gain to "beer" which is one of three things: disturbingly true, a complete joke or a synonym for something less legal. He is also sporting something new that would never fly in the more restrictive environment of the arch-rival Yankees: a full beard and shoulder-length hair.
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