It was only 5 years ago that Johnny Damon was getting base hits and stealing bases for the 2009 World Champion Yankees. Now, at age 40, Damon has not officially given up on his big league career.
Damon participated in Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium on June 22, and joked around about why he decided to take part in the 68th annual game.
“It’s not an easier way for me to get back on a big league field, so I might as well start considering myself an old timer,” Damon said according to the New York Post.
The funny thing about Damon playing in the Old Timers’ game, is that he has not officially retired. He last played for the Indians in 2012, appearing in 50 games and putting up a .215 average. Damon did not think his career was over when he was designated for assignment that year, but he knows that a perfect ending is not always possible.
“I definitely didn’t think I was going to be finished then, but that’s how it goes,” said Damon on Old Timers’ Day.
While Damon knows his career is likely over, he is not ready to officially retire until after spring training next year. It is still possible the Yankees could sign him for a couple of days next spring, but the chances are slim.
Damon signed a 4-year, $52 million contract after the 2005 season after playing for the Red Sox for four years. He was a 2-time All-Star for Boston and a .285 hitter in his four seasons in the Bronx.