This is a conversation Amy and I had this afternoon about Johnny Damon and his new book. I thought you might find it interesting, and hey, putting this up saves me from having to write my own post.
Beth: Have you seen the DD commercial with Theo and Johnny?
Beth: Theo is such a badass
Amy: I really hope Johnny does not plan to pursue acting :)
Beth: Or writing
Beth: I’m slogging my way through his book right now
Amy: That's brave
Beth: Well...I’ve read worse, actually
Beth: And I like the fact that the REAL author (the guy whose name comes after "with" below Johnny’s name) managed to keep Johnny’s voice
Beth: While making it reasonably coherent
Beth: And the subject is interesting
Beth: The thing I really dislike is how self-aggrandizing Johnny is
Beth: There's a self-congratulatory remark on every page
Amy: That doesn’t' surprise me
Beth: Then again, he doesn't say anything that's not a fact, really
Beth: He DID hit well and run well in Oakland
Beth: And what's wrong with him knowing what his skills are?
Beth: So I struggle with it
Beth: I REALLY dislike the stuff about his ex wife
Beth: I feel like that's got nothing to do with anything and is none of anybody's business
Amy: Yeah. I mean...it happened, but come on.
Beth: And he writes that now-famous part about his daughter imitating his mother scolding him, and I’m like, great, Johnny. Now your daughter's going to read that and think "oh, it was MY fault my parents got divorced."
Beth: Great job
Beth: And even though I can't come up with a really good argument that makes it ok, I like Johnny a lot less now than I did before I read the book
Beth: And I’ve never been his biggest fan
Amy: This makes me definitely not want to read it
Amy: Because I’ve been liking him less this season
Beth: Because of the other book stuff huh
Amy: Nah, he's just annoying
Amy: Rein it in, pal
Beth: I was kinda neutral on him before anyway
Beth: Just kind of, eh
Beth: He doesn't compel me
Beth: He doesn't really appeal to me in any way
Amy: I like his swing. And he signed a ball for my brother after he said he wasn't signing anymore.
Beth: He was the first guy over greeting the fans at a game I went to
Beth: Signing everything
Beth: I’m not saying he's a bad guy or I dislike him
Beth: But he's always just been kinda there
Beth: Maybe I don't have as much of an imagined relationship with him
Amy: He's just like everywhere now. And that's a risky position when you kind of thrust yourself out there. And then there's the fact that his contract is up this year and I wonder if he's creating this superstar image for that person and it just doesn't sit well
Beth: I think he's been more of a superstar than we give him credit for in the past
Beth: Esp. in Oakland
Beth: He was a huge part of that team
Beth: Here's where I go back and forth, you know? He brags about it...but nothing he says is untrue
Beth: And the stuff about his wife, it's like...well...she obviously didn't know what she was getting into being a ballplayers' wife. But I think it's abhorrent that he basically finds a way to hold her responsible for his infidelity
Beth: Then again, he's far from the first, last or only male to do so
Amy: I guess my image of a superstar is like those guys people know no matter how well they follow the sport. Like I know certain basketball players without ever watching basketball.
Beth: Good point
Beth: But there is kind of a second tier of superstars
Beth: People who are casually familiar with the sport know
Beth: I mean, Johnny Damon has more of a reputation than Mark Bellhorn
Beth: Or Adam Hyzdu
Amy: Oh definitely
Amy: His contract talk doesn't help
Beth: How so?
Amy: The "I want a four year deal and to retire in Boston
Beth: Well, Varitek said the same thing
Amy: Yes, but he's not expendable
Beth: I don't know that Johnny is either
Beth: He was the best leadoff hitter in the game last year
Amy: Hmm, he's also older than Tek
Amy: No he's not
Beth: Dude nobody is older than Tek
Amy: Belli is
Amy: Johnny’s agent is Boras
Amy: Um. And men with highlights make me uncomfortable.
Beth: I think he really needs to work with a speech therapist to eliminate all the "um's". Although...I DO find his training regimen of racing cars pretty freakin' cool. So I guess my jury's still out.
Amy: Well he did have a stuttering problem
Beth: Oh I didn't know that
Beth: Kay I’m an ass
Amy: Nah, I think everyone has thought that he is the worst public speaker ever till they find that out
Beth: So maybe I still have a lot to learn then before making a final judgment