OK, we're all well aware of the Damon rumors and speculation that have been flying in recent weeks. All the supposed interest, all the teams that have dropped out, etc. Has anyone noticed, though, that with the exception of a couple of times Bowman has jumped into the fray virtually all of our Damon rumors have come from DOB? For the most part that neither surprised me nor did it seem out of the ordinary in any way, perhaps he was just keeping up with a lot of different info from a lot of different sources. However, in the last week or two things have gotten a little weird- even though Wren maintains he won't be adding any more majors pieces and Bowman says we've dropped out on Damon altogether, DOB has fired back that we still maintain a lot of interest. Again, that in and of itself is not all that strange, but now today MLBTR ran a post saying Damon considered retirement. As of 12:38 Central time that post was updated to say that a source close to Damon said he had not considered retirement- and who reported this? That's right, good ol' DOB claims to have a source near Damon refuting the retirement story.
Basically, it breaks down like this- when all the writers and all the Braves FO people say we're out on Damon, DOB fires back that we're still after him. Then, when it's reported that Damon may retire, it's DOB who fires back that "No, he's not retiring!" Does anyone else get the sense from this that DOB is trying to keep the Damon hype (assuming there was some to begin with) alive single-handedly? He's the only guy maintaining these positions and it's starting to get downright creepy. I don't live in Atlanta so maybe some of you locals can shed some light on this for me. I've generally like DOB's work until this mess, but I'm starting to get that vibe that he's not so much reporting as he is trying to manufacture interest because he seemingly REALLY wants Johnny Damon to land in Atlanta. Anyone else get that vibe? Am I way off base? Maybe I just have too much time on my hands...?