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Born: November 5, 1973; Fort Riley, KS Height: 6'2" Weight: 205
Johnny went 5-5 with a double and 2 RBI on April 7 in Baltimore. He had another five-hit game against Oakland on July 6.
He had a 16-game hitting streak from June 24 to July 11, the longest streak by a Red Sox player in 2004.
Damon knocked in the winning run in New York on September 17 with a two-out single off Mariano Rivera.
Johnny hit a career-high 20 home runs in 2004. He had three two-homer games. Three times he homered to lead off a game, giving him 15 leadoff home runs in his career.
He hit .355 with runners in scoring position (third-best in the American League), and .467 with the bases loaded.
The 91 RBI Johnny had from the leadoff spot were the second-most in Red Sox history, and the fourth-most in baseball history.
Johnny hit .467 in the Division Series with four runs scored and three stolen bases.
Damon started off slowly in the ALCS, hitting just .103 in the first six games, but was the offensive star in the decisive Game 7. He led off the game with a single. In the second inning he hit a grand slam on Javier Vazquez's first pitch of the game to give the Sox a 6-0 lead. He then hit the next pitch he saw into the upper deck for a two-run shot, giving them an 8-1 lead in the fourth. He finished the game with three hits and six RBI, propelling the Red Sox past the Yankees and into the World Series.
Johnny hit .286 in the World Series. He led off the clinching Game 4 with a home run, the first Red Sox player to lead off a World Series game with a homer since Pasty Dougherty in 1903. He added a triple later in Game 4, as the Red Sox went on to win the game and the Series.
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