The 2004 ALCS between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox is one of the most memorable series in baseball history. Not only did it feature two teams who have a historic rivalry, but it also featured some memorable plays.
In game seven of the 2004 ALCS, Red Sox player Johnny Damon stole the show. He hit two home runs, one of which a grand slam, to help secure the victory for the Red Sox and advance to the World Series. The Red Sox would go on to win their first World Series title since 1918.
Johnny Damon’s career
Damon’s career featured him playing with the Red Sox and the Yankees. Not to mention he won World Series titles playing for both teams. Damon spent 18 seasons in the MLB playing for seven different teams. He spent the majority of his career playing with the Kansas City Royals, the Red Sox, and the Yankees.
The two-time all-star was known for his speed in the outfield and on offense. In 2000, he led the American League in runs (136) and stolen bases (46). When he joined the Red Sox in 2002, he led the league in triples with 11. Damon was not a power hitter at the plate. He hit to get on base and was an above-average contact hitter.
After winning his second title with the Yankees at 35, Damon would play three more years with the Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Cleveland Indians. He finished his career with a batting average of .284, 235 home runs, 408 stolen bases, and 2,769 hits.
First World Series title with Boston
The Red Sox made the right move signing Damon to help the team in their run to a World Series title. That 2004 team was loaded with talent from pitching to hitting. You had Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, and Derek Lowe on the mound. At the plate, you had Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, and Bill Mueller and a host of other players who stepped up in a big way.
Damon’s contribution was much needed, especially in the ALCS. If he didn’t have the game that he had, then the Red Sox might not have had a chance of making it to the World Series.
Second World Series title with New York
Who would have thought that after playing and winning a title with the Red Sox that Damon would later play for the rival Yankees? That’s just how the game of sports works. 2009 was the last time the Yankees won a World Series, and Damon was a part of that team.
Just like the Red Sox team that Damon was on when they won it, this Yankees team was stacked too. Damon batted .364 during the World Series playing in all six games. Professional athletes dream of winning championships, and Damon had the opportunity to experience that twice. Damon enjoyed playing the game of baseball, and he did for as long as he possibly could. He was a player who impacted the league early on in his career and towards the end of his career.
He is now enjoying life after baseball, spending time with his family and friends.