Sleep tight and don’t let A.J. bite
Tyler Kepner of The New York Times asked Damon if A.J. Burnett looked like the same pitcher who had given the Yankees problems the last few years as a member of the Blue Jays.
“Absolutely,” Damon said. “He’s one of those guys that you, um, maybe, dream about at night, you know? Not in a good way. In a bad way.”
The reporters around Damon’s locker started laughing, and Nick Swisher turned around and said, “What?” But to Damon’s credit, he cracked a smile and kept going with it, drawing a nice parallel to Pedro Martinez.
“He’s the one that you’re thinking, ‘Is he going to throw me that fastball or that curveball, is he going to brush me off the plate?’ He’s one of those guys that I compare to Pedro. I remember facing Pedro when he was the best in the game. You don’t sleep well that night. You go to the ballpark thinking you have to have your A game.”
Added Swisher later: “Like Johnny said, I don’t dream about him, but he’s one of those guys that you hate facing. And you love him on your team.”