JOHNNY DAMON, Tampa Bay Rays pinch hitter, after striking out against Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard at Fenway Park, Aug. 16, 2011 --
"I was just trying to get the job done. Oh, he's good. He started me off with a first-pitch slider. It started here [belt-high] and then broke down. Then he throws me two more pitches in the same spot but they happened to be fastballs. The boos? You know what? It doesn't matter to me. I was like the fourth player from the '04 team who went to the New York Yankees. It is what it is. And they've had a few Yankee guys come over here. It's all OK when players opt out of their contracts and come here. J.D. Drewâthat's OK with them as long as they're wearing the Red Sox uniform. So that's how the fans are here."
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