Detroit Tigers fans remember Curtis Granderson.
Granderson was ushered off to New York in a multi-player deal, and the former fan-favorite is now a distant memory to the MoTown faithful.
And the Arizona Diamondbacks got shafted.
Contrary to popular belief, the Granderson trade was not the biggest offseason transaction. Snagging the 36-year old, 16-year veteran Johnny Damon for the bargain basement price of $8 million a year was.
Yes, you heard right.
Eight million dollars a year for the former Royal, Athletic, Yankee and Red Sock had Detroit super-fans up in arms.
Some were for the acquisition.
And the opposition?
Well, they stayed put, with their feet in concrete—with an emphatic "No way, Dave (Dombrowski)."
After Damon's walk-off jack (first of the year) Saturday in the Tigers' 3-2 win over the Angels, it's safe to say that his naysayers are now on board. The "I was for the Damon-deal all along. I swear," will be heard around offices nationwide.
Don't call them out.
Now, they're glad to have the grizzled, World Series champion, veteran swinging a bat for the Olde English "D."
And how about that 300-foot rocket to Gerald Laird to stop Hideki Matsui dead in his tracks? The play kept the game tied 2-2, and likely saved it.
Just a few months ago, his arm was compared to a noodle. "He's too old," and "he's got nothing left in his tank," is what they said.
Now is the chance for the anti-Johhny contingent to eat its words.
He's hitting well above .300, and is amongst team leaders in run production, with 12 runs driven in.
Is he worth the hefty sum of $8 million annually?
If you were unsure, go ahead and watch Fox Sports Detroit's replay of Saturday's duel with Fernando Rodney's Angels—it might just change your mind.