08.25.10

Dan Shaughnessy Just Can’t Believe Anyone Would Prefer Detroit To Boston

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(Damon, waving to the CHB in the Fenway press box in 2005)

Of Tigers OF Johnny Damon rejecting a proposed wavier deadline return to Fenway Park, the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy sneers, “his decision to stay with the Tigers is downright idiotic . . . or there is some larger force at work.” And with that, the columnist who routinely questions the character of players who’d love to stay in Boston forever, takes a dagger to one who’d prefer to stay away.

Were the Sox that insulting? Did they look Damon in the eye and tell him that they thought Coco Crisp was a better player? Did John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino tell Damon he was lucky when he hit those two homers in Game 7 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium? Did Shonda Schilling say something insulting about Michelle Damon™s scarves?

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?

Maybe it is.  Damon’s already got two rings and helping the Red Sox erase a considerable deficit to Tampa or New York might not be the biggest thing on his mind right now. And if you’re gonna measure Boston vs. Detroit in terms of Newbury Street shopping vs. “boarded up buildings”, then you might just as well applaud Damon for picking the home of Tyvek over the big DYS reunion this weekend.

2 Responses to “Dan Shaughnessy Just Can’t Believe Anyone Would Prefer Detroit To Boston”

  1. MarkBlack says:

    I have never read a better line on a sports blog than this: “you might just as well applaud Damon for picking the home of Tyvek over the big DYS reunion this weekend.” Brilliant.

  2. Rog says:

    More than once, shopping on Newbury street by an athlete’s wife has been discussed in regards to a player’s decision to not join the Boston baseball team. Perhaps its not all that awesome; at least, when I was there I enjoyed the record stores but I’m pretty sure none of that stuff’s there anymore (except Newbury Comics).

    Maybe it’s code for something else to Boston sports writers. It must be, because most ballplayers don’t live in the city, they live in McMansions like Curt Schilling in places like Medfield. Maybe these player wives don’t want to live in McMansions in places like Medfield.

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