My greatest day ...

BOB ELLIOTT

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

Johnny Damon has played 1,789 games in 13 seasons. He broke in with the Kansas City Royals, then went to the Oakland A's, the Boston Red Sox and now is with the New York Yankees.

His best day in baseball?

"The night (Oct. 27, 2004) the Red Sox won the World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis," Damon said earlier this week at Yankee Stadium.

"We set out to do something that we had all wanted to do as kids. That was pretty special. So was the way the fans celebrated."

Boston, which had not won it all in 86 years almost was swept in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, trailing the Yankees 3-0 at one time.

"It helped when we started taking shots of Jack Daniels in the dugout before the game. I'm serious. It was cold. We won the first night we did it, so we kept doing it."

Damon remembers a picture in the Boston Globe that ran following Game 3 which was foreboding: Right fielder Gabe Kapler, wearing No. 19, standing beside No. 18 Damon in the outfield during a pitching change.

Put them together and it read 1918, the previous time the Red Sox had won the World Series.


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