Johnny Damon’s time playing for Thailand lasted all of two games, as the team was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament last night.
Thailand lost Game 1 to the Philippines and Game 2 to New Zealand, falling by a combined score of 20-4 while committing 11 errors defensively.
Damon started the first game at designated hitter and the second game at first base, going 3-for-7 with a walk and three singles while grounding into a double play.
Damon’s mother is Thai and despite back-to-back ugly losses he seemed happy to have played for the team, telling Denny Wu of MLB.com: “The experience was amazing. I am glad I get to come represent my mother’s country. My role for the next four years, hopefully Thailand has a chance to get back. My role is to help out as much as possible.”
It’s always a bit deceiving to see offseason workout photos of players who are said to be getting into great shape because guys in those pics are wearing compression shirts and crap and we’re used to seeing them in baseball uniforms. I remember pics of Miguel Cabrera and David Ortiz in the offseason looking svelte, only to see them in uniform come spring as their familiar beefy selves. Uniforms are often loose and billowy and the players wear a couple of layers when they’re suited up, so at least visually speaking it’s better to compare apples to apples.