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November 10, 2004
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR MODERN-DAY SAMSON, THE RED SOX SHOWED THE ANGELS WHY THEY ARE THE CHOSEN ONES
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November 10, 2004

Heaven Sent

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR MODERN-DAY SAMSON, THE RED SOX SHOWED THE ANGELS WHY THEY ARE THE CHOSEN ONES

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If a team has an anatomy, with a heart, a soul and other parts, then Damon would be Boston's feet. Step by step, steal by steal, Damon inched the Sox closer to a sweep. When the team returned to Fenway Park, he would whip around the bases for a key run when designated hitter David Ortiz doubled in the fourth. That run would be crucial as Anaheim slugger Vladimir Guerrero tied the score 6-6 in the seventh inning with a grand slam off Boston reliever Mike Timlin. This game, however, belonged to Ortiz. After 10 stomach-knotting innings, David became a Goliath when he sent Angels reliever Jarrod Washburn's lone pitch into the Green Monster with a runner on to end the game 8-6. The three-game sweep was complete. Damon ended the series hitting .467 with a .500 on-base percentage and three stolen bases.

"People don't realize that he's the guy who makes it all happen here," Red Sox hitting coach Ron Jackson said. "If Johnny's not rolling, then we don't."

If the Biblical Samson tasted sweet honey by slaying a lion, Damon tasted champagne by felling an Angel. Twenty-five of them to be exact. While the Biblical version had Samson's hated Philistines standing in the way of his promised land, the modern version had two more obstacles for the hero to conquer. The biggest question that remained for this Chosen One was: Would Delilah make an appearance? ?

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