- When Johnny was
a kid, he collected George Brett’s cards.
- Johnny suffered
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 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 has hit
more triples than anyone in baseball since he came up in August of 1995.
- 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 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 Dodgers offered Gary Sheffield straight-up for Johnny.
644 at 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 in Kansas City,
where a WHB DJ declared his first game back in Kansas City “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.
- Johnny collected
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.
- Johnny says the
two old-time players he would love to see today are Joe DiMaggio and
- Johnny collects
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.
- In May of 2004,
Johnny shaved off his beard at the Prudential Center as part of a promotion
for Gillette. Hundreds of fans showed up to witness the landmark event.
- 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
cancer a few years ago.
favorite football player is Tom Brady. He loved the fact that two Boston
teams won championships in a three-month period in 2004.
- Johnny still lives
in Orlando, in a mansion on Lake Butler.
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.
George Brett, 1976
Kenny Lofton biography
Joe DiMaggio, 2002
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