Idiot: Beating "The Curse" and Enjoying the Game of Life by Johnny DamonDear Baseball Fan:
I know what you’re thinking: Couldn’t he have come up with a better title?
My mother agrees with you, but unfortunately Genius just doesn’t have the same ring.
Let’s get something straight right away. I may be an idiot, but I’ve tried to do more in this book than just revisit the Red Sox’s Miracle Season.
I want to give you a sense of what it’s like to grow up with baseball dreams, to spend long years climbing the ladder, and then over the course of three years to see the building blocks of those dreams fall into place.
In this book, you’ll be reading about the son of an Army staff sergeant—a thrill-seeking Orlando kid who at age thirteen was gifted with a man’s body, including rare speed and reflexes. It was some straight talk from my brother that kept me from abandoning that talent, which led to my eventually catching on with the Kansas City Royals and later the Oakland A’s.
Starting in 2002 with the Red Sox, I got to see what can happen when a determined front office decides to roll the dice and acquire players who, like me, leave the thinking out of it—who trust their instincts and play team baseball.
Forget what you’ve read about the posse of long-haired rebels who eventually made up the 2004 Red Sox. Ill give you the straight dope, including whos got the biggest mouth (hint: his first name is Kevin); what Pedro Martinez was doing all those times when you couldn’t find him on the bench; what game David Ortiz should never play; and why I sometimes question Curt Schilling’s sanity. Memo to Curt: the statue of you is being erected.
What’s it like being responsible for the hopes of millions? In the fall of 2004 my teammates and I got to find out. What I’ve tried to do in these pages is bring you inside, show you the black humor that erupted when it seemed we could do nothing right, and the immense joy that followed when 25 guys took turns picking each other up, and by sheer force of will reached baseball’s summit.
Red Sox Nation (both natives and new arrivals), this one’s for you.
—Johnny Damon, #18
From the Trade Paperback edition.
2004 ALCS Highlights
Johnny David Damon (born November 5, ) is a former American professional baseball In , Damon was second in the league in runs () and began to . Damon, after winning his second World Series, entered free agency after the season despite expressing his desire to return to the Yankees. He insisted.
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Over the year history of the Boston Red Sox franchise, the team has employed its share of wild and passionate players. For years, Red Sox players have fed off the energy displayed in the hometown stands to form personalities entirely their own, consistently making Fenway Park one of the most exciting venues in professional sports. Even though Ortiz may have lost some of the power that made him a mainstay in the MVP race during the early s, Papi will forever be remembered for his iconic smile and crazy clubhouse antics. Known for his spirited personality and acrobatic delivery, Luis Tiant consistently baffled American League hitters during his seven years with the Red Sox. There will never again be a pitcher quite like Tiant, who could effortlessly turn his body completely away from the batter and still deliver a perfect strike. Apart from rounding out the rotation as the Red Sox's fifth starter during their championship run, Bronson Arroyo is best known for his ridiculous cornrows and venture into the world of country music. During his time with the Sox, Arroyo exhibited the same determination in his quest to find success as a musician as he did during his starts at Fenway.
As it turns out, in addition to his impressive ability to grow beards, run the bases and place himself on World Series-winning teams, Johnny Damon is also pretty good at burning bridges. Damon's first foray into alienating a previously adoring fan base came back in December of That was when the beloved free agent outfielder, the same guy who had hit not one, but two home runs in the Boston Red Sox's ALCS-clinching Game 7 victory in Yankee Stadium back in October , decided to take a little more money, and become a member of the New York Yankees. To say the decision wasn't received well in Boston is a bit of an understatement. For the first three of Damon's four years in New York, it appeared that Red Sox fans would have the last laugh. Damon claimed to have chosen the Yankees for the opportunity to win another World Series ring.
He's played for two World Series Champions, and he's made himself into one of the most recognizable names and faces in the entire MLB. Whether he was a self-proclaimed "Idiot" in Boston, or a member of the almost-unbeatable Yankees, Damon has always stood out both in terms of personality and performance. Coming off a loss, the Yankees were led by Damon's bat in a victory against Brian Bannister and the Royals. Damon led off the bottom of the first inning for the Yankees with a line drive double to deep right-center. Five at-bats later, the left fielder was sitting atop a pretty line with four RBI and a run scored.
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The event will be held at the Charleston Gaillard Center, beginning with a p. For ticket info, visit www. The former outfielder prides himself on being a relatable, likeable guy. Red Sox fans will remember Damon's long hair and thick beard. But they did that year.