When Johnny was
a kid, he collected George Brett’s cards.
his first sports concussion courtesy of a teenage Warren Sapp, in a
high school football game against Apopka High.
As a senior in
hig school, Johnny finished second in Florida in the 200-meters and fifth in
Johnny was a minor
league MVP in 1992, `93, `94 and `95.
Johnny broke Delino
DeShields’s Rockford record with 59 steals in 1993.
In the minors,
Johnny modeled his game after Kenny Lofton’s.
Johnny hit his
first career grand slam off of Jim Abbott in 1996.
homeplate collision with Chad Kreuter in 1997 ended the Chicago catcher’s
In 1998, Johnny
became the fourth Royal to play every game of the schedule in a non-strike-shortened
Johnny had the
best game of his career in an inter-league match-up with the Chicago Cubs in
2000. He went 5-for-6 with a record-tying four doubles. He also made
a great catch on a Henry Rodriguez drive.
Johnny led the
majors with a .386 average after the All-Star break in 2000.
During spring training
in 2001, the Los Angeles Dodgers offered Gary Sheffield straight-up for Johnny.
644 a- bats in 2001 broke the A’s team mark held by Bert Campaneris.
During his year
in Oakland, Johnny would often skateboard a mile from his apartment
to the train on his way to the ballpark.
The low point of
Johnny’s one season with the A’s occurred against the Royals,
where a radio DJ declared his first game back in Kansas City as “Boo
Johnny Damon Night.” The promotion got out of hand and the good-natured
ribbing turned ugly and obscene.
In a June 2003
blowout of the Florida Marlins, Johnny became just the second player
in history to get three hits in an inning.
The 2004 season
marked the seventh consecutive year Johnny has scored 100-plus runs.
6 straight hits in a series against the Orioles in April of 2004.
In 2006, Johnny was one of only four players to hit at least 24 homers and steal at least 24 bases.
In 2008, Johnny went 6-for-6 against his old team, the Royals. The last Yankee to get six hits in a game was Myril Hoag, in 1934.
Johnny hit his 200th homer against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009.
signed jerseys. He prefers getting items from teammates and friends
over star players he does not know. He also buys his own cards.
Johnny calls former
teammate Tom Gordon the toughest righty he’s faced in the majors.
In 2004, a group
of Red Sox fans dubbed themselves "Damon’s Disciples."
They came to Fenway with long wigs and beards.
Johnny says the
two old-time players he would love to see today are Joe DiMaggio and
Johnny and his
high school sweetheart, Angie Vannice, were married in 1995. They had
twins, Madelyn and Jackson, in 1999. The couple went through a bitter divorce
in 2002. Johnny remarried Michelle Mangan in December of 2004, and AD/DC
front man Brian Johnson—a friend of Johnny’s—sang
at the wedding. Johnny and Michelle have two daughters, Devon and Danica.
Johnny says he
appreciates life more than ever after a high school friend died of skin
favorite football player is Tom Brady. He loved the fact that two Boston
teams won championships in a three-month period in 2004.
favorite TV show is Two and a Half Men. His favorite movie
Johnny and four
other Red Sox agreed to get re-made on a 2005 episode of Queer Eye
for the Straight Guy.