Damon tells the story of the 'Idiots'
Book by Red Sox center fielder to be released soon
Johnny Damon just wrote a book.
And he's still an Idiot.
Red Sox fans -- and anyone else who digs guys with lots of hair and lots of inside stories -- can now pre-order his new book, "Idiot: Beating 'The Curse' and Enjoying the Game of Life," at the MLB.com Shop.
The book, written with Peter Golenbock and published by Random House, will be available on April 4 and will be a thrill ride for Boston fans wanting to relive the 2004 championship season.
"They wanted someone who was honest to kind of tell what went on during the course of the year," Damon said Tuesday at Red Sox camp in Florida. "I was a big part of it. They thought I was perfect. You know, me being long-haired and a little bit different, they wanted to get it from that point of view.
Damon and his teammates dubbed themselves last October as a "bunch of idiots" -- and the label proudly stuck. It was that kind of refusal to listen to conventional wisdom that allowed the Red Sox to do what no Major League Baseball team ever had done before. Boston came back from a 3-0 deficit against the rival Yankees in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, and not only won the pennant but proceeded to win another four games in a row against St. Louis in the World Series for its first championship in 86 years.
The Red Sox center fielder and leadoff hitter produced the exclamation point in Game 7 of the ALCS against the Yankees by hitting a grand slam and a two-run homer, and his first-inning homer gave Boston all the runs it needed in Game 4 of the World Series, which brought Red Sox Nation its long-awaited victory parade.
Now Damon is joining the parade of Red Sox book authors, a lineup that included Stephen King early in the winter.
"It's a combination 2004 miracle season and my days with Oakland, a few of my early days, some days when I was younger," Damon said.
Did he drop any bombs?
"You've got to buy it. We'll see," Damon said. "You guys know the type of person I am. I don't have any enemies."
When asked whether "Idiot" would be as "juicy" as Jose Canseco's recent book, Damon said in an obvious pun, "There's no juice involved in my mind."
Damon said the title of this book "fit me just perfect. The 'idiot' thing took off so we kind of had to go with it. I think it can help sell books. [But] Mom's not too happy about it."
Mark Newman is enterprise editor for MLB.com. MLB.com reporter Ian Browne contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.