The Stadium isn't as friendly as Fenway

Johnny Damon probably won't deliver the numbers the Yankees and their fans are expecting from a $13 million leadoff man.

Originally Published: December 21, 2005
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
It's a huge story: Red Sox superstar signs a four-year contract with the New York Yankees, paying him $13 million per season. This, surely, must mean the Red Sox are in serious trouble.

I am, of course, talking about Johnny Damon. But if you replace "Yankees" in the above paragraph with "Mets," I could just as accurately be talking about Pedro Martinez, who left the Red Sox to sign with the Mets a year ago.

Martinez earned his salary in 2005, and Damon will probably earn his salary in 2006. If I were a Red Sox fan, though, I wouldn't be mourning his loss just yet.

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