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Idiot: Beating The Curse and Enjoying the Game of Life by [Damon, Johnny, Golenbock, Peter]
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  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (February 6, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 10, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037BS308
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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By N. Berry VINE VOICE on May 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm a huge Sox fan, but hugely disappointed with this book. First, it's clear they rushed it to print to cash in on the recent WS win. Very poorly written (which isn't Damon's fault, as he's not a writer) The book jumps all over the place and repeats itself constantly. He continually talks about how the players don't care about the Boston media, but then focuses on it repeatedly. We all know Shaugnessey is an idiot. He didn't have to put it in the book 10 times.

As someone else mentioned, he does come off very cocky. Pinpoints certain stats in certain years to make himself sound like the league MVP. He calls out teammates/ex-teammates for specific plays/decisions.

I was hoping that this would be an "inside" look at the 2004 Sox from the player/clubhouse standpoint. Don't buy it if that's what you're looking for. Unfortunately, it's just an inside look at a player who thinks a lot of himself. I was surprised that he came off like this. I expect it from someone like Schilling, but really thought Damon was more down to earth. Oh well. I'll wait for Bill Mueller or Tim Wakefield to write a book before I buy another one.
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Format: Hardcover
I am glad I read this book before I saw Johnny Damon in a Yankee uniform, because the book is boring and could have been written by a tenth grader. Damon is in love with himself, talks trash about his ex-wife and the whole book sounds like a bad tv interview. I can happily look at Johnny Damon in Yankee gear and know it's no loss to the Red Sox.
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Like so many others, I am also a die-hard Sox fan and was, before reading this book, a big Johnny Damon fan. Still love the Sox, but a Damon fan no more. I'd assume (maybe wrongly) that someone writing their first book would write about the things that matter most to them. It comes as no surprise that the book is mostly about baseball and that makes sense because it's been the biggest part of Damon's life since he was a teen. What are the other most important things in his life? Apparently not his kids. Hardly mentions them. His new wife? He seems to like her, but we get no indication of why. Helping others? Well, if you count partying, I guess so. No, what Johnny really likes is himself. He loves his hair, he loves to party, he loves how he's a "go to friend", he loves how he "takes lots of balls for the team" as a leadoff man (he must mention that at least half a dozen times), and he loves to be a passive aggressive critic of his teammates. From what he's written, he seems to have no depth as a person and seems to be living in a perennial frat party.

The inaccuracies in the stats, cited by others, are appalling.

Idiot indeed.
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By Kate on October 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was very much looking forward to reading this book. I've been a big Red Sox and Johnny Damon fan for a long time. Now, I don't think so much of Johnny. I figured, with the book being billed as a narrative on his baseball life, that it would be very biographical--what happened to him throughout his life. As others have said, he certainly did not fail to highlight the amazing ballplayer he saw in himself. He genuinely thinks very highly of himself. It was quite shocking. The one part that really brought me over the edge of not liking the book so much was when he talked about how he should have made the All-Star team, but Joe Torre never picked him. At one point, he also says that he had a chance to be named the 30th man to the All-Star roster, but Ichiro's fans in Japan got on the internet and voted. I can certainly understand those feelings if they were coming from a fan. Like I said, I really loved the image of Johnny Damon I knew before. I am sorry to say that he really did come off as a bit of a jerk in the book.
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Idiot is a good title for this book because it's written more like a high school dropout than a high school graduate. Damon gives very little real insight about the game or the team other than to indicate how cool he is. Hard to believe he even had a ghostwriter for this crap.
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...and were just looking for a legitimate excuse, you should definitely read this book. Any Red Sox fan who was devastated by his defection to the hated Yankees should definitely give this one a whirl, as you will come away thinking, "Good riddance." You also come away with the understanding that for Johnny, it's all about himself and it's all about the money.

What this book is NOT is a good behind-the-scenes look at the 2004 Red Sox. You get a few good bits, but not enough to justify the price of the book. What you get a lot more of is Johnny Damon being repulsively full of himself. His statement that "I banged 9 women during my wife's 36-hour labor" was absolutely appalling and morally repugnant. Then he has the gall to blame HER for their divorce because she was "too paranoid." The book was pretty badly written and was full of typographical errors and factual mistakes that every casual fan will pick up on. I knew from previous input I had from others that I might not like the book, but I didn't expect to come away flat-out hating the guy. That is what this book will do to you. The degree of selfishness and boastfulness is nauseating.

Please save your money. If you MUST read it, get it from a library.
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