It was Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium on Sunday – Fathers Day, too.
Retired players lined up for nostalgic interviews with the sports press.
And then, wouldn’t you know it, politics reared its ugly head.
After Johnny Damon, now 44, former centerfielder for the Yankees and their arch-rival Boston Red Sox, was asked what he thinks of the job President Trump is doing.
“I think he’s doing a great job,” the former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant said of the president. “Unfortunately, people don’t really want to hear the truth that is out there.”
For that comment, he was labeled an “idiot” in the New York Daily News sports pages.
“He’s trying to get everything done and the two biggest things we haven’t tackled are health care and immigration,” Damon continued. “And the reason why is because people aren’t voting for it. People have jobs that we appointed in offices – vote, do your job, do what’s right for America, and a lot of people would rather see President Trump fail than help him get the USA back on track. Health care is a total mess. Everyone agrees on it but no one wants to do anything about it,” he said. “As far as immigration, I say you let people in, but the thing is, you have to have papers. I have papers. You have papers. If you’re going to be here, just be here legally, and come on over. America is the greatest place in the world and we’re not going to turn our backs on anyone, but would you just want people to walk into your country and not know where they’re going? That becomes an issue.”
Damon campaigned for Trump in 2016.