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Johnny Damon thinks Yankees 2009 title could be diminished by A-Rod’s PED use

Kevin Kaduk
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Alex Rodriguez and Johnny Damon in 2009. (Getty Images)

In the wake of Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension, that 2009 World Series ring that Johnny Damon wears may now be worth a little less.

That appraisal comes from not upset fans or other angry players, but from Damon himself.

Here's what Damon said on MLB Network Radio (via CBS Local) when asked if the title he won with the Yankees in 2009 was diminished by A-Rod's presence and his alleged ties to Biogenesis. A-Rod had the best postseason of his career that fall.

“I really haven’t sat down and thought that far, but if that’s how he was able to hit in the postseason, then yeah, absolutely. Then you start going and saying, ‘Was anyone (else) on their team cheating?’

“There’s just so many different factors that determine if a team wins, and A-Rod was a huge determining factor. He was the MVP of the ALCS. He played a pretty huge part. Unfortunately, through the years, guys winning awards have been linked to something.”

Of course, Damon has two World Series rings, the other coming from the 2004 Boston Red Sox, a team that has also been tied to PED use with Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.

This is just a guess, but something tells me there are fans in St. Louis and Philadelphia reading this article while saying, "Tell us more, Johnny. Tell us more."

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