CLEVELAND (AP) — Fresh from the shower, Johnny Damon strolls through the Indians’ clubhouse wearing a terry cloth bathrobe with his number 33 and last name on the back.
The garment, a replica of Cleveland’s home uniforms, is identical to the ones he gave as gifts to his new teammates, some of whom have been watching the veteran play since they were kids.
Although he looks a bit like Hugh Hefner — minus any playmates — as he walks to his locker, Damon exudes an unmistakable aura, one that demands respect and attention.
“He’s just a leader,” Indians outfielder Michael Brantley said.
In less than two months, Damon, who signed with Cleveland in April, has established himself as one of the team’s point men. The 38-year-old outfielder is providing needed guidance and advice to a young Indians team leading the AL Central and hoping to play deep into October.
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