Johnny Damon is a Donald Trump man.
Former Bronx Bombers outfielder Johnny Damon joined ex-Yank Paul Oâ€™Neill on Team Trump Wednesday, lauding the candidateâ€™s border wall and harsh anti-immigration policies.
â€œBuilding a wall is going to be tough to do, and there would have to be beefing up of patrols,â€ said Damon, 42, who played three years in pinstripes after a stint with the Boston Red Sox on a team nicknamed â€œThe Idiots.â€
â€œEveryone is calling him a racist. He just wants people to come into this country legally and fill out the proper paperwork. Thatâ€™s how Iâ€™m viewing it,â€ said Damon, who lives in Florida.
“I want (Trump) for president,” Damon told the Daily News Wednesday. “I’m a Trump fan ever since I met him seven or eight years ago. Everything he does, he does first-class â€” his hotels, his businesses, his golf courses. The issues all the other politicians failed to discuss, (Trump) is bringing us up to speed.”
The former major leaguer cited the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., last year as reasons why Trump is taking such a bellicose stance.
â€œThatâ€™s what he wants to watch out for,â€ Damon said of Trump. â€œHe wants everyone documented and in this country legally.
â€œHeâ€™s trying to make the country great,â€ Damon said. â€œWeâ€™re worrying too much about whatâ€™s going on in Cuba, the Middle East. We have enough to worry about here.â€
Damon said the former reality TV show star could count on him for his support, even though the hate-spewing huckster fired him on â€œThe Celebrity Apprenticeâ€ last year.
â€œIf (Trump) needs me anywhere, Iâ€™ll be there. Heâ€™s a good friend,â€ he said.
Damon went to bat for the billionaire a day after Oâ€™Neill announced he would be featured in the Trump lineup.
Critics said Oâ€™Neillâ€™s endorsement was a swing and a miss.
The Donald now has the endorsement of two former Yankee outfielders â€” Damon, and Paul O’Neill.
â€œSome of my favorite people make wrong political decisions,â€ said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, an avid Yankees fan from the Bronx, and a Hillary Clinton supporter.
â€œI love Paul Oâ€™Neill, but this is something I absolutely disagree with him on.â€
Beloved Mets former catcher Mike Piazza said he wasnâ€™t swinging at that pitch.
â€œThis is a nonpolitical trip,â€ Piazza told reporters covering his visit to the state Capitol, where he was honored by the Senate and had lunch at the governorâ€™s mansion in advance of this summerâ€™s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
â€œIâ€™m not lobbying for anything. Iâ€™m just very honored to be here and Iâ€™m touched. I think the one thing that unites both parties is baseball. Thatâ€™s one thing we can all agree on.â€
Damon (seen with Trump and Ian Ziering in February 2015) says The Donald does things “first-class.”
Trump is hoping Oâ€™Neill, a Columbus, Ohio, native who also won a World Series with the Cincinnati Reds, can help him walk away with a win in the Buckeye Stateâ€™s primary next week over Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
A YES Network spokesman declined to comment on Oâ€™Neillâ€™s endorsement.
While Damon was lacing his political cleats, yet another former Yankee outfielder weighed in on Trumpâ€™s candidacy.
World Series hero Reggie Jackson said Trump should back away from some of his bluster, before the slugger went deep with a questionable comment of his own.
Jackson said itâ€™s a bad idea to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico â€” but not for the reasons other critics have expressed.
Reggie Jackson didn’t endorse Trump, but said the GOP frontrunner has “got a big heart.”
â€œWe need to control it and we need to do something about it, but we canâ€™t do it like that,â€ Jackson told the Daily News Wednesday. â€œWe need to be concerned about more jobs here and people coming in here that we donâ€™t really want, but if itâ€™s not for the Latin American community, we donâ€™t have any cooks in our Italian restaurants. We donâ€™t have any cooks at the steakhouses.
â€œWe donâ€™t have anyone to do that kind of work, so be careful. If you want to go have a good meal tonight at Napoli or wherever the Italian restaurant is, itâ€™s not Vito â€“ itâ€™s Manny. So be careful.â€
Jackson â€“ whose father was half Puerto Rican â€“ has never been shy about expressing his opinion on just about any subject, so it was no surprise that the Hall of Famer had plenty to say about Trump and his pursuit of the White House.
â€œI think heâ€™s fun,â€ Jackson, 69, said. â€œI think heâ€™s got a big heart. I think weâ€™re going to find out, because heâ€™s going to have some battles. Being smart and having a good heart will overcome.â€
Unlike Oâ€™Neill, who attended a Trump rally in Florida on Tuesday, Jackson didnâ€™t endorse Trump â€” and said Kasich is the best of the bunch.
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