"[The stutter] made me real shy," he says. "I didn't say much. Now you can't get me to shut up."
THE BUTT. Damon's gluteus seems to be of maximum interest to female connoisseurs of same. "That's the line I hear second most from women," he says. "'I want to see that ass everybody's talking about.'"
The Sox see it more than they need-- Damon lying on the couch naked, Damon doing his famous naked pull-ups, Damon chowing naked. "The guy is always naked," says Francona. "And then, 15 minutes later, I'll see him standing on second base."
Even Damon's dad brings it up. "He tells me, 'When you're done, you retire with all that money and tell the rest of the world to kiss your ass,'" Damon says.
O.K., ladies, there's no need to form a line. That was a figure of speech.