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Johnny Damon (Johnny David Damon) was born on November 5, 1973 in Fort Riley, Kansas. He made his Major League debut on August 12, 1995 for the Kansas City Royals. In 1995, his rookie year, he hit .282 with 3 home runs and 23 RBI. Damon played for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees over the course of his 12 year career.
Most people believe that Johnny Damon's best season was 2000, when he slugged 16 home runs, stole 46 bases, hit for a .327 average and knocked in 88 runs.
- Selected by Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (35th pick overall) of the free-agent draft (June 1, 1992 - signed June 23, 1992).
- Traded by Kansas City Royals with Mark Ellis to Oakland Athletics as part of 3-team trade in which Tampa Bay Devil Rays sent Roberto Hernandez to Kansas City Royals; Tampa Bay Devil Rays sent Cory Lidle to Oakland Athletics; Oakland Athletics sent Ben Grieve to Tampa Bay Devil Rays; and Oakland Athletics sent Angel Berroa and A.J. Hinch to Kansas City Royals (January 8, 2001).
- Granted free agency (November 5, 2001).
- Signed by Boston Red Sox (December 21, 2001).
- Granted free agency (October 28, 2005).
- Signed by New York Yankees (January 3, 2006).
- Damon holds the record for the most RBIs in one postseason game.
- In that game, he hit 2 home runs, including a grand slam in the 2nd inning, to help the Boston Red Sox become the first team in major league history (and just the third in the history of North American pro sports) to overcome a 3-0 postseason series deficit, in a 10-3 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 7.
- Damon gained some notoriety for the prominent beard and long, uncut hairstyle he brought with him to spring training in the 2004 season, contrasting with his previously clean-cut appearance. His long hair and beard actually came from an unlikely cause - his head on collision with Damian Jackson in Game 5 of the 2003 American League Division Series. Damon laid on the field unconscious for approximately five minutes. When he came to, Damon was completely disoriented, believing that he was still playing for his old team, the Oakland Athletics. The headaches came to disrupt his life to such a degree, that he stopped shaving and having his hair cut. So by the beginning of the 2004 season, he had an uncharacteristic big bushy beard and shoulder length hair.
- On April 21, 2004, Johnny shaved his beard in a charity event sponsored by the Gillette razor company. The proceeds from the event went to benefit literacy programs in conjunction with the Boston Public Library. He regrew the beard and it remained for the rest of the season.
- In 2005, Damon wrote "Idiot: Beating "The Curse" and Enjoying the Game of Life" with Peter Golenbock.
- He also appeared on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" in April during a series against the Yankees. On June 7, he appeared on the hit Bravo TV series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" with four of his Red Sox teammates (Jason Varitek, Kevin Millar, Doug Mirabelli, and Tim Wakefield).
- Damon married his high school sweetheart, Angela Vannice, when he was 19. They were married from 1992 to 2002. They had twins together, Madelyn and Jackson, born April 22, 1999. Damon married Michelle Mangan on December 30, 2004. On January 4, 2007, Mangan gave birth to Damon's third child and her first, Devon Rose, in Orlando, Florida. Damon & his family reside in Windermere, Florida.
- As a part of his exercise routine, Johnny admits to pursuing cars from one end of his block to the other on foot. "I live on a street (in the Orlando area) where the speed limit is 25 miles an hour and the police enforce it. At night, I'd wait out there and when a car came by I would race the car home, so I think I can go at least 25 miles an hour. I scared some of the people, seeing a caveman racing after cars," said Damon in a Providence newspaper article early in 2004.
- Other exercises he used to do that might be considered weird are doing naked pullups, and climbing up trees as fast as he could while staying there until people got worried and didn't know he was up there. "Most of the time, he would come down because no one was looking for me," Damon said on "The Late Show with David Letterman".
- Damon also made a cameo appearance on TNA Wrestling Match in Orlando, Florida on December 11, 2005 when Damon gave the home plate to Chicago White Sox Catcher A.J. Pierzynski in order to hit Simon Diamond to win the match.