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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2005

    Feeling Good About the Sox

    Johnny Damon tells a happy story about someone who worked hard and achieved his dream of playing major league baseball. His accounts of what happens during the 2004 championship season make you not want to put hte book down. It is easy reading, and if you are a Red Sox fan you will like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2005

    An 'Idiot' for a Nation

    From the author who brought us ¿The Bronx Zoo¿, ¿#1¿ and ¿Balls¿ Peter Golenbock trades in his pinstriped stories for some crimson red as he teams up with the Boston Red Sox¿s head idiot, Johnny Damon, in ¿Idiot.¿ The BoSox center fielder, leading party animal and Jesus Christ look-alike joins the deluge of Red Sox Nation books flooding the shelves attempting in one year to level the playing field against the New York Yankees with the same amount of volumes of baseball lore available at various bookstores. For any member of Red Sox Nation, ¿Idiot¿ can be added to your collection with pride. Like numerous other self-biographies, ¿Idiot¿ is all about the long haired, bearded Red Sox center fielder, but unlike others, it is his honesty, as much about himself and his teammates that make the book work. The Red Sox centerfielder fills his earliest chapter about his childhood, great mom and dad, the high school sweetheart he would marry and to no surprise, his athletically gifted high school carrer. Damon ran track and played high school baseball, but due to an average senior year, according to himself, he fell to the 35th overall pick by the Kansas City Royals. After six years with the Royals he was traded to the rock-and-roll partying Oakland A¿s for a one-year stint before entering free agency. With super agent Scott Boras negotiating for him, Damon joined the Red Sox with a 4-year, $31 million dollar contract. Along with his insight to the game as well as Red Sox Nation, its fans and its owners, Damon speaks his mind about the media, particularly the Boston media. He lets readers know the general rule for ball players is to only read national publications, namely USA Today and watch national shows, such as ESPN, to avoid the often scintillating angles produced by the daily local writers. Damon goes out of his way to explain the idiosyncrasies of former shortstop Nomar Garciaparra and the pressure surrounding him on a daily basis and being the center of the Boston Red Sox for so many years. He understood the superstar¿s plight of popularity, along with the pressure of attempting to bring a championship to Boston along with the days leading up to his departure in 2004. If there is any doubt in Damon¿s biography, it¿s that everyone on his Boston Red Sox team are good guys. He truly believes in the line of ¿That¿s just Manny (Ramirez) being Manny,¿, Garciaparra¿s aloofness and Pedro¿s often misunderstood comments to the media. Refreshing in ¿Idiot¿ is Damon¿s own admission of self-concern when he was rumored to be trade-bait for Carlos Beltran. The trade didn¿t consummate, possibly being yet another key in breaking ¿The Curse.¿ He covers the Ramirez waiver move, the addition of Curt Shilling as well as new manager, Terry Francona. His book wouldn¿t be complete without a look at ¿The Curse¿ and the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry which comes to light in his review of the 2004 run at the title. Damon gives the inside look at Martinez¿s ¿They Yankees are my Daddy¿ statement, Shilling¿s bloody sock and the Boston media asking when the Red Sox were going to give up and die a dutiful, traditional death. With a World Championship, Damon was able to continue his party animal image on the road, appearing on Saturday Night Live, appearing in the movie, ¿Fever Pitch¿ and reviewing the joy of being in the parade of champions in Boston. In typical Damon fashion he includes in his remarks about the afternoon, ¿Somebody threw a baseball up for Pedro to sign and hit him in the head. I got hit by a girl¿s panties.¿ So goes the life of Boston¿s resident Jesus look alike. ¿Idiot¿ is a fun-loving, raucous, loving life look at the life of Boston¿s Generation X centerfielder in Damon and his band of idiots during last year¿s run at a world championship. Damon¿s ability to convey his personal experiences on and off the field make ¿Idiot¿ a fun read for all Red Sox Nation fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2005

    your an IDIOT not to read this book!

    this is MUST read whether you love the Red Sox or not. Johnny Damon gives alot of respect to the Yankees and their players. It was really interseting to know what goes on in a players head. and now I can stand up for the Red Sox even more again all my Yankee fan relitives because I know so much more about him and the team (why he has a beard and long hair for example) i LOVED this book and now both my parents, my best friend and my yankee loving cousin are going to borrow it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005

    Interesting piece of work

    I would have to say it is the most insightful baseball piece I have read thus far. You always hear about the game from these elite views or you read about the history of the team. What fun is that? I mean you might as well get a chuckle out of a book! Who wouldn't love a book named idiot? Got to love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2005

    I'm the idiot for buying this book

    I was really looking forward to reading a book from a Red Sox player because I wanted to know what they were thinking and feeling last season. But this was not what I expected from Johnny Damon, a man who I thought was humble and soft-spoken. He seems to have an inferiority complex yet he constantly includes himself among the 'greatest.' Although he praises his teammates and other players, it's his own bragging that I was suprised to read. He sounds arrogant and, at the same time, unappreciated - not an image that I had of him. The behind-the-scenes material is interesting, but I didn't read about anything I hadn't already heard somewhere else. I saw no transition from him having a 'bad' time playing baseball and then learning to enjoy the game. He barely touches on his personal life, which could've easily been left out of this book. There are comments about/from his current wife that I didn't need or want to know. Don't waste your time on this one. There are better books out there on the Red Sox.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2005

    What a book

    I love this book. It gives you the behind the scenes look at what the players thought of the moves by the red sox. Great Book by Johnny!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    PERFECT-O

    Okay, I just started liking baseball about a year ago, esp. and only the Red Sox. I fell in love with Johnny Damon in spring training. So, duh, I got the book. Well, I thought I knew a lot about baseball, wow I'm wrong! Thanks to Johnny and my future readings, I can one up on guys with baseball! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    Good Read for Sox Fans

    I really enjoyed this. Damon's take on things was interesting to read as well as his background before coming to the Sox which was kept short enough to enjoy. I recommend it for any Sox fan.

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