Johnny Damon is defending his decision to stay with the Tigers as the Red Sox continue to reel from the outfielder rejecting their claim for him to rejoin them.

``Detroit, you know, gets a bad rap," he told the Free Press.  ``I love it here. My family loves it here. A bunch of the players who have been here awhile love it here. The new guys love it here. There's a lot to offer here. Yeah, we know the auto industry and the economy takes a beating here, but it's up to us players to keep people excited, to entertain people, to have people enjoy their lives and enjoy watching the Detroit Tigers."