Johnny Damon (Baseball Superstars) by Brian O'Connell

By Brian O'Connell

"What will Johnny do?" That used to be the query at the lips of Boston pink Sox enthusiasts - differently often called purple Sox country - through the 2004 season. That 12 months, Johnny Damon and his band of self-proclaimed "Idiots" shocked the baseball global by means of staging a ancient comeback opposed to longtime competitors, the hot York Yankees, within the American League Championship sequence. almost immediately after, they routed the St. Louis Cardinals for Boston's first identify in 86 years. Damon used to be a primary architect of that championship prior to leaving the purple Sox and signing with their sour opponents in long island. Johnny Damon explores the lifetime of this nice participant, who's often called a lot for his air of mystery and matinee-idol appears as he's for his athletic expertise.

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The team had said goodbye to past stars like hitting great George Brett and Cy Young winner David Cone, and most of the younger players coming up would not be that good right away. A TEAM IN FLUX In 1996, Johnny Damon finished his first full year in the majors on a losing Royals team that had slashed even more of its payroll to save money. Kansas City was nowhere near being a competitive play-off team that year, winding up at the bottom of the American League Central with a record of 75–86. The team was willing to wait for its youngsters to develop, but it was paying the price.

At the time, other major-league teams wore all-white uniforms at home and all-gray ones on the road. One season, in conjunction with a Mustache Day promotion, Finley offered $500 to any player who grew a mustache. Every player grew one, helping to define the look of the team. Most ball clubs back then banned facial hair. Finley tried orange baseballs in a few spring-training games, and on Opening Day in 1970, he trotted out yellow bases, which were soon banned by Major League Baseball. Besides these eccentricities, Finley was also known for bigger controversies.

The Royals were facing the Seattle Mariners, a team that was struggling at the time, much like Kansas City. , and Randy Johnson and ended up making the play-offs that year thanks to a hot streak in September. MAJOR-LEAGUE DEBUT Though he was not facing the flame-throwing Johnson in his first major-league at-bat, Damon was still nervous. He was not in the minor leagues anymore; there were thousands of fans at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, all watching the new kid from Florida who came packaged as their next great star.

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