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Teammates were fed up with Johnny Damon early in '07
Interesting stuff on Pages 394 and 395 about Johnny Damon's physical and emotional struggles early in the 2007 season, when a leg injury sapped him of his enthusiasm and he began to annoy old-guard Yankees.
In a private meeting, Torre told Damon, "The kind of player you've been your whole life is the player who goes out there and fully commits himself. You're not that kind of person now. It's easy to see that."
To which Damon said, "I'm not sure I want to do this."
The book says one teammate visited Torre and was near tears discussing Damon, saying, "Let's get rid of him. Guys can't stand him."
All this was during the Yankees' near-fatal 21-29 start.
Things picked up nicely after that.
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