The second stage is denial

At the end of the aught-five baseball season, the last thing I wanted the Yankees to do was sign Johnny Damon. I’ve since changed my mind, and conversations like the following (with a Red Sox fan) make the signing even better for me:

(in a discussion about the ’05 playoffs)

Red Sox Fan: The Yankees couldn’t even handle the Angels!
Me: They only lost that series becaues Bubba Crosby forgot how to play centerfield.
RSF: What makes you think he’s going to learn to play the field this year?
Me: He won’t be out in center this year.
RSF: Oh yeah? Who’d they get to roll out there? (serious question)
Me: Johnny Damon.
RSF: Oh. Yeah. sonofa…

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