Damon Questions the ’09 Yankees’ Legacy, Neglects to Mention ’04

by Jason Epstein

In case you missed it, here was Johnny Damon yesterday commenting on how Alex Rodriguez’s involvement with banned substances might affect the legacy of the Yankees’ 2009 championship season:

Alex Rodriguez’s sole World Series championship came with the Yankees in 2009. But Johnny Damon, A-Rod’s Yankees teammate from 2006-09, exclaims that if A-Rod was using PEDs during the 2009 postseason, the significance of winning the World Series is certainly lessened, if not completely diminished.

“I really haven’t sat down and thought that far, but if that’s how he was able to hit in the postseason, then yeah, absolutely,” Damon told First Pitch on MLB Network Radio, which is broadcast on Sirus XM Radio. “Then you start going and saying, ‘Was anyone (else) on their team cheating?’”

In the 2009 postseason, A-Rod batted .365 and tallied five doubles, six home runs and 18 RBIs. Damon admits that Rodriguez was a major factor in the Yankees’ run to the World Series.

“There’s just so many different factors that determine if a team wins, and A-Rod was a huge determining factor,” Damon said on First Pitch. “He was the MVP of the ALCS. He played a pretty huge part. Unfortunately, through the years, guys winning awards have been linked to something.”

It does not appear that Damon was asked about his 2004 Red Sox and whether use of performanc- enhancing drugs has sullied the image of the squad that finally reversed The Curse, but it seems unfathomable that the former outfielder would not acknowledge, at minimum, Manny Ramirez’s failed drug tests in recent years, let alone the widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs in that era.

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