Cheers for Johnny Damon
Johnny Damon stepped into the batter’s box at George M. Steinbrenner Field this afternoon in the first inning, preparing to hit against Damaso Marte, and heard a warm round of cheers coming from the stands.
He then stepped out of the box and tipped his batting helmet to the crowd, earning a standing ovation. Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez also clapped for Damon, who then squirted a single past Robinson Cano’s dive and received another round of applause.
The Yankees started Marte instead of Andy Pettitte because of the very real threat of rain heading this way. Instead of Max Scherzer, the Tigers gave the ball to Minor Leaguer Jon Kibler.