Damon named AL Player of the Week

Mo back to pumping his regular old fastball
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I like to call this award the Small Sample Size Award, but there’s no doubt that Johnny Damon deserves. For the week ending May 10, Damon walked away with Player of the Week honors. He hit .419/.455/1.032 with 5 HR and 15 RBI. Despite the home run barrage, he scored just two other runs the whole week as the Yanks went 2-5. It is the second time in his career that Damon has taken home the award.

Mo back to pumping his regular old fastball
Yanks to announce Stadium memorabilia sale tomorrow
  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Good for you, Johnnie. He’s really on a tear, let’s hope he keeps it up.

  • steve (different one)

    Damon had an unreal week. to the point where i was EXPECTING him to hit a HR late in every game to tie the game or give them a lead.

    and he did it almost every time.

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah, I knew that the home run off Johnson was coming.

  • jsbrendog

    bust out the oaktag and lets build those bullseye signs.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Is that where this new Oaktag meme came from?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

      So you’re saying we should get some oaktag and make some Damon bullseye signs out of that oaktag? Is that what you’re saying? Oaktag.

      • jsbrendog

        dude. totally.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ledavidisrael ledavidisrael

    LMFAOOOOOOO @ Small Sample Size award

  • A.D.

    Despite the home run barrage, he scored just two other runs the whole week as the Yanks went 2-5.

    Considering he’s getting on over 45% of the time that’s just ugly at driving him in.

    • FL Yank

      Especially considering who hits behind him. That’s beyond ugly. That’s inexcusable.

  • jsbrendog

    http://riveraveblues.com/2009/05/putting-up-the-target-for-johnny-11420/#comment-373788

    http://riveraveblues.com/2009/05/putting-up-the-target-for-johnny-11420/#comment-373819

    and i havent even done it yet. hanvet seen a comment worthy of my oaktag ire….but methinks some people got a wee bti carried away from perusing a few of the game threads. me. im biding my time. when the time comes, and believe me it will (and it will be oh so appropriate i assure you), you will know. oh, you will know.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      Another mystery solved. I think me might RAB dictionary, so people don’t always have to ask “What does IETC mean” or “Who is this Nails Krzyzewski?”.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    If he keeps this up (which he won’t, holy small sample size, Batman,) he’d be on pace for 50 home runs.

    Even if he hit 30 home runs that would be amazing.

    • jsbrendog

      and then the trolls come out with their brady anderson comparisons and their steroid whispers….

      ill take it!

      • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

        Damn, I always thought Brady Anderson gritted all those singles into homeruns. No way he was on ‘roids!!!

      • Chris

        There would also be complaints about the wind tunnel effect at Yankee Stadium.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      I say he’ll hit 27.

  • Corey

    it’ll be a classic yankees move to re-sign him to a 2 year deal, and he’ll be decrepit and old and horrible the entire time

  • JP

    Damon and Matsui: The only Yankees who can hit good pitchers.

    • Corey

      adam eaton is a good pitcher now?

      • JP

        I wasn’t saying that. I’m just saying, he and Matsui are the only guys on the Yankees who seem to be able to hit good pitchers.

        • whozat

          The issue that frustrates me more is the seeming inability of the Yanks to hit SHITTY pitchers. Junkballing righties. I feel like a rotation fronted by Jeff Karstens, Darrel Rasner, Tim Redding and Alfredo Simon would shut them down handily.

          • JP

            You know, that’s a great point. How many times do teams trot out no-name guys with 7.09 ERAs and the Yankees score 1 run in 6 innings.

  • manimal

    Sure enough, I left Damon on the bench all week for the RAB fantasy league, FML.

  • Jake H

    Good for him.

  • Chris

    To bring this day at RAB full circle… Johnny had a 83 OPS+ in his first 3 seasons. Melky had a 84 OPS+ in his first 3+ seasons.

    • JP

      Wow. I’m not seeing Melky as a superstar, but before anyone gives up on the guy, it is enlightening to look at stats like that. Look at Bernie Williams’ and George Brett’s stats through age 24. Like I said in another thread, it would be a big mistake to get rid of Melky. Unless you had someone you knew was better, and younger, to replace him…

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Comparing Melky to Bernie and George Brett is an insult to those guys. Come on, just because those guys blossomed into absolute stars after early struggles does not mean Melky will. Those two are entirely different hitters from Melky; Damon is semi-comparable since they both have relatively long swings and don’t have all that much power (Damon’s got more, obviously) but putting Melky and Bernie/Brett into the same category is insane.

        • A.D.

          Damon was a 1st round draft pick, and Brett a 2nd. Melky has never been considered any type of stud prospect.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            Well, he was, but only because the farm system was so awful. I’m not high on Melky at all but I’m willing to admit that, for the time being, I was wrong about him for ’09.

        • jsbrendog

          hmm, i see you reference an erin durkin article on your blog…i went to college with an erin durkin…wonder if its the same erin durkin.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

            erin durkin

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

              /ERIN DURKIN

      • whozat

        Sigh. In the LAST thread, we talked about why comparing Melky to Bernie doesn’t make any sense. Do the raw numbers look superficially similar? Yes. Is there any other reason to think Melky will have a career like those guys? No. Is there reason to think that this April is a fluke just like last April? Yes: it’s happened before, and his swing is long and has some holes in it. Might he have a decent MLB career? Yes. Will he be an All-Star? Probably not.

  • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    I’m psyched to see Damon getting some recognition for his play. We’ve discussed the lack of appreciation for Damon before around here. Hopefully people will start noticing what he actually does on the field, instead of relying on old stereotypes, and he’ll get some All-Star voting love.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

      geez even back then whitey was chiming in as a sox fan defending his team

      while i respect that, ill never understand why a red sox fan would be going thru comments during a yankees game thread on a yankees blog

  • rsam

    do you think yankees get rid of damon and matsui and sign bey at end of the year.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

      yes to getting rid of damon and matsui… no to signing bay

      i still think theyll go after crawford

  • JP

    Damon and Matsui are both gone. Maybe if they can’t get anyone, they’d offer Damon 1 year. But I agree, they will be going after Bay or Crawford or Holliday.