Ex-Sox Star Damon Returns to Fenway with Yankees

Johnny Damon, a hero for the 2004 Boston Red Sox team that finally broke through to win a World Series, left this year to play for the arch-rival New York Yankees. He recently made his first trip back to Boston's Fenway Park.

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SIMON: He may have helped the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years, but when Johnny Damon returned to Fenway Park this week for the first time as a New York Yankee, boy, did he get booed. Boston fans used to think he was cute when he looked like a natural history museum figure of early man, but they jeered the new clean-shaven New Yorker who accepted an offer from the Yankees to pay him $12 million more than the Red Sox. Damon went oh for four at the plate. It was the best gift he could give Red Sox fans, and still they booed. Damon said that Bostonians outside the park had been warm and friendly to him, but he advised his wife, Michelle, to stay away from the games to avoid any incidents. Among his old teammates, Manny Ramirez waved and David Ortiz hugged him during batting practice. Mr. Damon doffed his batting helmet to the booing Boston crowd and told reporters, the fans aren't booing me. They're booing the uniform I'm in. No, Mr. Damon, they're Red Sox fans. They're booing you.

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