From Demon Back
To Damon Now?

Oct. 20, 2004: Johnny Brings Down the House that Ruth Built
(Oct. 20, 2004: Getty Images Photo)

When Johnny Comes Back Without the NY on His Cap,
Will the Nation Finally Stand For All That He Delivered?

Yankees Sign Winn, Damon Won't Be Back
Divorce Leaves Damon, Yankees Hurting


They Were Right in 2006, And They'll Be Right in 2010 ...

"I just can't imagine anyone [in Boston] wanting to boo Johnny Damon... all he did was hustle here for four years." -- 4.30.06, Peter Gammons

"The right thing to do is a raucous standing ovation... show some class. Show some common sense." -- 4.30.06, The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan

"First time up, standing ovation." -- 4.30.06, The RemDawg

"The ideas emanating from the lunatic fringe of Red Sox Nation — that Damon is a 'traitor,' that he has gone from 'Jesus to Judas,' that he should be called 'Demon' instead of 'Damon' — are not worthy of serious discussion." -- 4.30.06, Ken Rosenthal

Oct. 20, 2004: Damon gets hugged after hitting his second home run of the night in the Bronx to send the Red Sox to the World Series.
(Oct. 20, 2004: Boston Globe Staff Photo / Stan Grossfeld)

For the Next Homecoming, We Won't Forget

Oct. 20, 2004: Home plate umpire Randy Marsh, New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, and Johnny Damon of the Red Sox watched Damon's second inning grand slam home run during the seventh and final game of the American League Championship Series between the Sox and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
(JOct. 20, 2004: Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

Damon Gave His All to Boston... All the Time

Oct. 6, 2003: Damon gave a wave to the fans as he was put into an ambulance after colliding with Damian Jackson in Game 5 of the ALDS.
(Oct. 6, 2003: Boston Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin)

A Look Back at a Great Life and Good Times of JD

Feb. 22, 2005: The scene at the Red Sox minor league facility looked more like a rock concert than a sporting venue, and at no time did it more so than when Johnny Damon came out of the clubhouse and made his way to the field. With his hair flowing out of his hat, he was surrounded by screaming fans on his left, some young, some old, some male, some female.
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff)

Virtual Nightmare on Saturday

BDD --Virtual Waiting Room
(BDD Photo Illustration)

Red Sox Tickets Used to Sell Themselves

... But Now Sox Need a Massive Advertising Campaign to Sell the Bad Seats
Start Clicking on Saturday (Unless You Are a Team-Sponsored Scalper Of Course)

"Good Luck.... Ace Ticket Agency is in the front of the line." -- sox-n-pats-fan

This Just In ...

Red Sox medical team
(BDD / Three Stooges)

Sox Top Docs Announce That Papelbon
Will Need a New Brain to Remain in Boston

Fresh off their diagnosis that Jason Bay will need both his arms and legs replaced by July, Red Sox doctors have determined that closer Jonathan Papelbon will need brain replacement surgery... if he expects the Red Sox to offer him a two-year deal next year. Developing ...

When Men Were Men

BDD - Carlton Fisk through the years
(Boston Globe File Photos)

Carlton Fisk Didn't Need No Stinkin' Steroids

Like Every Other Person With a Brain, Pudge Isn't Buying McGwire's Nonsense
Fisk Takes Out the Fraud Formerly Known As the Rocket As Well ...

"The reason [Roger Clemens] got let go from the Red Sox was because he was starting to break down. His last couple of years in Boston just weren't very productive, a la 'The Rocket.' Then all of a sudden he goes to Toronto and he wants to show somebody something. Then he gets two consecutive Cy Young Awards (in '97 and '98). Come on, give me a bucket." -- Carlton Fisk adds Clemens to The Bucket List


Catching Up With Old Friends

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Where Are They Now? Click Through to See

Terms of Endearment

Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona hands Red Sox relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon the ball in the 8th inning. The Boston Red Sox play the LA Angels in Game 3 of the ALDS.
(Barry Chin / Boston Globe Staff)

Jon One-Pitch, One-Year-at-a-Time, Papelbon Gets a Raise ...
$137,500 Per Inning If He Gives Us Another 68 Next Season

Papelbon Signs, Avoids Arbitration
Imagine the Raise He Would Have Received If He Had Actually Saved Game 3
Mazz: Hardly a Closed Case for Papelbon
And the Table is Set for Daniel Bard in 2011


Favorite Stunned

BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons
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Martha, Martha, Marsha!

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(AP)

Don't You Know the Difference Between
the Yankees and Red Sox?

Yankees Emerge As Late Issue in Brown-Coakley Fight
Coakley Calls Curt Schilling a Yankee Fan
Howie Carr: Damn 'Yankee' Another Feather in Coakley's Cap

"But again I think it's just another sign of her aloofness, or just the fact that she's very out of touch I think with the people." -- Curt Schilling enters the Mass. Senate race

More Differences Between the Red Sox and Yankees ...
Red Sox Come Back From After Being Down 3-0 to Take Yankees and Win Series
Brown Comes Back After 30 Points Down to Take Coakley and the Senate Seat

Lobel Opens a Can of Worms

Tears from Dennis Boyd? Bob Lobel Can Do
Yes, There Is Crying in Baseball

One Minute Tony Gwynn Tells You That You Are the Greatest Pitcher in History...
Then You Find Yourself Pitching in Mexico... That's Oil Can

Here's the Pitch

Boston Dirt Dogs - Mad Men
(BDD / Mad Men)

Sterling Cooper Has a January Jones to Present
The 2010 Boston Red Sox Slogan Ideas

10. Still, We Believe... You Won't Notice How Badly We Gutted This Team

9. Just Root, Root, Root for the Laundry

8. The Oakland A's of the East

7. Good to the Last Flop

6. Replaced Greats, Less Thrilling

5. Not as Pathetic as the Patriots

4. We'll Win Another 95 Games, And That's About It

3. Chicks Dig Pitching, Defense, and Run Prevention

2. Where's the Beef?

1. We'll Always Have the Winter Classic

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The Co-Founding Father of 'The Steroid Era' Thinks You're Stupid. Jose Canseco Agrees. Shaughnessy, Too.

Hey Manny, Gossage Wants Steroid Users Barred from Hall
There's Lying in Baseball: Bob Ley Makes McGwire Look Even More Stupider


Some Cheers for Dice-K

Sam Malone Had a G-G-Groin Injury, Too
But He Didn't Hide It

McBombshell
Boston Dirt Dogs
(BDD / "Mad About You" NBC Handout Photo 1998)

Another One Cheats the Game

Sorry Mark, But the Time Has Passed to Talk About the Past
This Confession Is for the Birds But McGwire Gets Steroid Use Off His Chest
He's a First Ballot Hall of Shamer and a Fraud, But That's About It
If You Got Fooled into Following the McGwire-Sosa Home Run Race to Break
the Great Roger Maris's Record in 1998... Go Take a Hot Shower
I'm Glad He Finally Admitted What We Already Knew. Sincerely, Barry Bonds
McGwire Blames Bud Selig and Donald Fehr's So-Called 'Steroid Era'
Next They'll Be Telling Us That Sammy Sosa and Bonds Cheated, Too
He Should Have Gone with the 'Vitamins and Supplements.' Sincerely, David Ortiz
If Only the Media Knew What Was Going On Back Then... Hey, Wait a Minute...
This Just In, All the New Long Ball Records Are Completely Phony,
and Hank Aaron Remains Baseball's Home Run King

"I remember trying steroids very briefly in the 1989/1990 off season and then after I was injured in 1993, I used steroids again. I used them on occasion throughout the nineties, including during the 1998 season." -- 1.11.10, Mark McGwire finally comes clean


Speaking of Has-Been Frauds

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(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

It Was Over Before It Started in Foxborough Yesterday

Bridge Work Completed
Boston Dirt Dogs -- Bridge
(BDD Photo Illustration)

But Are We Going Anywhere This Year?

Presenting the 2010 Red Sox Starting Lineup
Another Hall of Former Fame on Board... Bill Hall is In, Casey Kotchman is Out
Well This Just Doesn't Feel Like the Right Thing to Do ...
Ellsbury Is Moving to Left, Cameron Is Suddenly Your New Center Fielder
Beltre's an Excellent Pickup Says Mazz and Nick... So Was Mike Lowell
It Just Wasn't in the Cards to Land a Slugging Left Fielder Like Matt Holliday
Now Power Hitting J-Bay Is Saying He Wasn't Wanted in Small Ball Boston
And Plenty of Good Seats Still Available, and No Charge to Fans for Truck Day




Classic Leftovers

Hockey Talk Outtakes with Remy and Millbury

And If You Had Trouble Seeing the Bruins Walk Off for a Win In Your $300 Seats,
Have a Look at These Big Shots from the Winter Classic at Fenway

Yo, Adrian!
Beltre on Board
(BDD Photo Illustration / Getty Images)

So Are You Going to Be the 48 Home Run Guy
Or the 8 Home Run Guy?

Sox Get Adrian! ... Sorry, Not the San Diego One with the Upside
Hopefully He's Still Training with Old Friend Angel Presinal in the Dominican...
Wish We Could Have Signed Him for that Contract. Sincerely, The Seattle Mariners
Hooray for Winning Through Defense


Down Goes Boras! Down Goes Boras!

Down Goes Boras
(BDD Photo Illustration )

Theo Pummels Scott on Beltre Contract

Epstein Won't Be Fooled Again By Another Ridiculous Sales Pitch
By the Evil Agent


In Other News

Boston Dirt Dogs

Generalissimo Francisco Franco Is Still Dead
And So Is Mike Lowell in Boston


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BDD is a feature of Boston.com. The site is not produced by the Boston Globe sports dept.

Boston Globe:

Red Sox agree to deal with Pierzynski > Sox non-tender Bailey, Kalish > Sox face arbitration decisions

Boston Herald:

Sox set Bailey, Kalish free > Doug Fister dealt to Nats > White Sox agree to 1-year contract with C Flowers

ProJo:

Pierzynski reaches deal with Red Sox > Kalish, Bailey non-tendered > Mike Napoli still ideal at first base > Middlebrooks, Red Sox both looking for improvement

NY Post:

Cashman pessimistic on Yankees re-signing Cano > Report: A-Rod called PEDs 'Food'

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