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Damon to give Yanks a major spark

With the addition of Johnny Damon, the Yankees will have a lineup in 2006 that will be a modern-day Murderers'  Row .

Originally Published: December 21, 2005
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The baseball world is already envisioning Johnny Damon's before-and-after portrait, now that George Steinbrenner's fashionistas are getting their shears on him. For a cool $52 million, Damon will morph into a clean-shaven, perfectly coiffed, full-blown Yankee -- a surrender he swore would never happen. Not him, not the happy rebel who loved Red Sox Nation (and vice versa).

But that all changed in 48 hours this week, when Yankees general manager Brian Cashman gave Damon and agent ...

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