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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon showed up to camp 15 pounds heavier and a lot hairier.
"It's mostly Jesus Christ," Damon said Wednesday about the physical comparisons he has heard. "And then I got a Charles Manson a couple minutes ago. I get some Grizzly Adams. It's funny how many people still recognize me with this. Going around Orlando, people know who you are and they know who you are because you're a Red Sox player."
Damon, 30, bulked up this winter. He said the weight he added was "solid muscle" and that it won't slow him down.
"It's not going to bother me at all," Damon said. "In my off-season workout, I live on a street where there's 25 mph signs and the cops get you if you go anything over. I'll wait on the side of the street ... late at night. A car starts coming, I'll race it to my house. So I know I can go at least 25. I scare the cars to speed up a little more, seeing a caveman-looking guy, long-haired, running after the car at 10 or 11 at night."
It's a wonder the cops didn't pull him over.
Someone mentioned that he put on weight and Jason Giambi lost it. "But you know, I'm gaining weight the right way," Damon said. "I'm drinking beer."
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