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Johnny Damon: 'Tougher Decision Now Than Leaving Boston'

After being claimed by the Red Sox off waivers Monday afternoon, Johnny Damon now has 48 hours in which to decide whether or not he will waive his no-trade clause to return to one of his former clubs. It is a decision that is both difficult and unexpected, as he explained to reporters in Detroit (as tweeted by Detroit News' Tom Gage):

"Tougher decision now (to return to Boston) than leaving Boston."

"Had a great time playing for Boston. When it became apparent I was not a necessity to re-sign, it got ugly."

"Have to think if I'm goingto be probably one of the nicest guys in baseball or once again the most hated guy in baseball."

"I have to think long and hard about this. I hadn't even thought about playing for that team again. Never crossed my mind."

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