Damon focused in return to Fenway

Damon focused in return to Fenway

Damon focused in return to Fenway
BOSTON -- Indians outfielder Johnny Damon is worried more about finding his swing than getting booed in his latest return to Fenway Park.

"Fans are going to boo me," said Damon, who is with his fourth team since leaving the Red Sox following the 2005 season. "I'm used to it. I've been loved and hated."

Damon signed with Cleveland on April 17. The outfielder has five hits in 30 at-bats (.167 batting average) in eight games since making his Indians debut on May 1.

"I definitely need to start swinging the bat better," Damon said. "Hopefully we can get my bat going."

The Fenway crowd has not been kind to Damon in his previous returns to Boston. He left the Red Sox to sign with the Yankees, followed by brief stops in Detroit and Tampa Bay.

This time, though, he'll take the field with another member of the 2004 World Series champions: starting pitcher Derek Lowe. Still, Damon believes the crowd won't be cheering for him.

"I'm not too sure, maybe more so for Derek," Damon said. "We'll see. I still went to New York and was with Tampa last year."

Sitting in the visitor's dugout, Damon reminisced about his time in Boston, where he played from 2002-05. A lot has changed since then, however. Damon won his second World Series ring with the Yankees in '09 and says his days with the Red Sox feel long gone.

"It seems like it's been a while," Damon said. "I know a lot of players have come and gone since then. It's strange, especially since how many teams I ended up playing for. I never really envisioned this."