I have no compelling reason for this. But then, I don't need one, do I?
I was okay when he left - the Yankees overpaid for him. We are fine in the Centerfield deparment - CoCo Crisp is a pretty solid replacement who is both a decade younger and costs much less [assuming he doesn't break his finger. Oh wait, damnit] and Adam Stern has performed pretty well on D in Crisp's absence. Plus, Damon still throws like a girl. Perhaps even moreso. It's as if just sharing a locker room with Slappy and Posada (the one I really, really hate) has made him into an even bigger wuss.
But Damon, wearing Yankee stripes, sans beard and hair just reminds us why the Yankees are the Empire and everyone else, Sawx especially (yes, yes, I know, they are more 'Empire-Lite' in reality, but allow me to have one moment of unnuanced partisanship, damn you), are the plucky, scruffy Rebellion.
Plus, who doesn't love a stirring round of "Yankees Suck!" cheers?