Johnny Damon

Johnny David Damon is a former American professional baseball outfielder who played in Major League Baseball from 1995 to 2012. During his MLB career, Damon played for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians. Damon played for the Thailand national baseball team and was a member of the squad for the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifiers. Damon was born on Fort Riley, a U. S. Army base in Kansas, his mother, was a Thai immigrant to the United States, his father, Jimmy, is an American of Croatian and Irish descent. They met while a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army, was stationed in Thailand. Damon spent much of his infancy as an "Army brat," moving to several bases including Okinawa and West Germany before his father was discharged from the Army; the Damon family settled in the Orlando area. Damon was a quiet child on account of a stutter. "My thoughts just raced ahead of my tongue," Damon said of his problem.

"I'd sing songs as therapy, I got better, but I still just kept quiet most of the time." He played in South Orange Little League as a child. Damon attended Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando when during his senior year in 1992, he was rated the top high school prospect in the country by Baseball America, was named to USA Today's High School All-America team, was the Florida Gatorade Player of the Year. Damon played football in high school, once getting hit by Warren Sapp and sustaining the first concussion in his life. Damon was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the first round of the 1992 amateur draft, he made his Major League debut on August 12, 1995 after playing the previous season with the minor league Wichita Wranglers. He played for the Royals from 1995 to 2000, he scored 104 runs in 1998 and 101 runs in 1999. One of his best seasons came in 2000 when he led the American League in runs with 136 and stolen bases with 46, as he was second in hits, at bats, plate appearances. Damon spent 2001 with the Oakland Athletics.

In a three-way trade involving the A's, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the A's received Damon along with pitcher Cory Lidle from the Devil Rays and second baseman Mark Ellis from the Royals. He seventh in runs. On December 21, 2001, Damon signed a four-year, $31 million contract with the Boston Red Sox. In 2002, he led the league in triples and was third in infield hits, becoming the first player selected by the fans in the inaugural American League All-Star Final Vote. On June 27, 2003, Damon became only the second player in MLB history since 1900 to record three base hits in an inning, when he did so against the Florida Marlins. During Game 5 of the 2003 American League Division Series, Damon collided head-on with teammate Damian Jackson while both players were attempting to chase down a pop fly. Damon had to be removed from the field on a stretcher. Jackson was concussed, but was able to walk off the field with assistance. In 2004, Damon was second in the league in runs and began to re-establish himself among the premier lead-off hitters and center fielders in the game.

In arguably his best season in the Major Leagues, Damon batted.304 with 20 home runs and 94 RBIs and showed improved patience at the plate. According to his autobiography, he was only the fourth leadoff batter in the history of Major League Baseball to drive in more than 90 runs in a season. Damon batted a torrid 7-for-15 during that year's Division Series against the Angels but struggled in the ALCS against the Yankees, going only 3-for-29 from the plate through the first six games. In Game 7, Damon hit two home runs, one of, a grand slam, to lead the Red Sox to the pennant. In the World Series, he hit a home run as the Red Sox won the series against the St. Louis Cardinals in a four-game sweep; this was the first Red Sox World Series championship since 1918. Through his four-year career with the Red Sox, Damon hit 56 home runs. Of his 2,476 at bats, 2,259 were as leadoff hitter. Damon batted second in the lineup for 156 at-bats in 2002, accounting for nearly all of the rest except for occasional pinch hit.

He started two games as the third hitter in 2004, in 2005, he had 624 at-bats, all but three as the lead-off hitter. He earned his second All-Star selection, starting as the American League's center fielder, he led the AL with 35 infield hits, matched the 35 doubles he had hit in 2004. On December 20, 2005, Damon signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the New York Yankees; the Red Sox stood firm on a three-year contract and chose not to negotiate against a five-year deal proposed by agent Scott Boras. Damon's signing with the Yankees led to his being subsequently vilified by many Red Sox fans because of his professed loyalty to the city and Red Sox organization, including his now infamous statement in May 2005, where he claimed, "There's no way I can go play for the Yankees, but I know they're going to come after me hard. It's not the most important thing to go out there for the top dollar, which the Yankees are going to offer me. It's not what I need."As the Yankees have a strict dress code for players forbidding both long hair and facial hair beyond neat mustaches, Damon had his shoulder-length "cave man" hair cut and beard shaved on December 22.

Damon, who had a clean-cut appearance until his third season with the Red Sox, had been planning on cutting his hair and shaving his beard off if he didn't sign with the

Stan Rosenberg

Stanley C. Rosenberg is an American politician who served as President of the Massachusetts Senate from January 2015 until December 2017. Rosenberg was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1986 and served as the representative for Amherst and Pelham until 1991 when he won a special election for the State Senate seat being vacated by Congressman John Olver. A Democrat, Rosenberg resigned from the Senate on May 4, 2018, amidst a sexual harassment scandal involving his husband, Bryon Hefner. Rosenberg first lived in Malden and Revere becoming a foster child as a toddler and raised in foster care, he is a 1967 graduate of Revere High School, where he was in the band and participated in many clubs and groups. He attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and operated a hot dog cart as a self supporting student and played the tuba in the marching band, he went on to graduate in 1977 with a degree in Community Development. While attending UMass Amherst, he founded and became the first director of the Arts Extension Service and transitioned to becoming director of the Community Development and Human Service Programs in the Division of Continuing Education.

Rosenberg was a member of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band where he played the tuba, was a Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi. Subsequently, Rosenberg worked as an aide to then-state Senator John Oliver from 1980 to 1983, he served as an Executive Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party from 1983 to 1985, as the district director for Congressman Chester G. Atkins from 1985 to 1986. While in the Senate, Rosenberg served as Chair of the Election Laws Committee, Chair of the Banking Committee, Chair of Senate Ways and Means Committee, Assistant Majority Leader, he was the Senate's first President Pro Tempore from 2003–2013, was appointed Senate Majority Leader by Senate President Therese Murray on January 31, 2013, becoming the highest ranking LGBT elected official in the Commonwealth. On January 7, 2015 he was unanimously elected President of the Massachusetts Senate of the 189th General Court. During the 187th General Court, he served as the Senate Chair of the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting following the 2000 and 2010 US Census.

Rosenberg was a key architect in the battle for same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. Rosenberg is a founder and co-chair of the Massachusetts Legislature's Foster Kid Caucus, the first of its kind in the nation; the caucus seeks to improve the conditions and address issues related to foster and adopted children. Rosenberg has been involved in Pskov, Russia where he, other members of the Legislature and professional community have been traveling for over 15 years in an effort to foster goodwill and encourage economic and political progress, he is an active member of both the Council of State Governments and Americans for the Arts. In Hampshire County: Northampton, Hadley, Pelham, South Hadley. In Franklin County: Bernardston, Deerfield, Gill, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Orange, Shutesbury, Warwick and Whately. In Worcester County: Royalston. Rosenberg is not a member of any committees in the current General Court. In November 2017, it was reported that four men accused Rosenberg's estranged husband, Bryon Hefner, of sexual harassment willing to trade his influence with Rosenberg in return for sexual favors.

In December 2017, Rosenberg voluntarily stepped down as Senate President while an ethics probe into his possible role in the scandal began. In December 2017, The Boston Globe reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had opened an investigation of the matter. On March 29, 2018, a state grand jury indicted Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner, on charges of sexual assault, criminal lewdness, distributing nude photographs without consent. Hefner faces the possibility of two years in a county jail to up to five years in state prison. On April 24, 2018, Hefner appeared in Suffolk Superior Court and pled not guilty to five counts of sexual assault, four counts of distributing nude images without consent, one count of criminal lewdness, he was ordered not to contact witnesses or victims. On May 3, 2018, Rosenberg announced that he was resigning from the Senate, effective at 5 p.m. EDT on May 4. According to, this announcement followed the release of an ethics report that claimed that Rosenberg "violated policy by giving Hefner access to his Senate email account despite a promise to his colleagues that he would build a firewall between his personal and professional life," and recommended that Rosenberg be barred from leadership positions through 2020.

In June 2018, a civil lawsuit was filed in the state of Massachusetts saying that Hefner sexually assaulted the plaintiff and alleged that Rosenberg "knew or was aware" that Hefner posed a risk to others and he continually allowed Hefner access to lobbyists, State House staff members, others. The lawsuit does not ask for specific damages on any of the six counts. In September 2019, Hefner pleaded guilty to three counts, including indecent assault and battery and battery and dissemination of a nude image, he was required to register as a sex offender. Rosenberg resides in Amherst, he was one of five LGBT members of the Massachusetts General Court, alongside Representatives Sarah Peake, Kate Hogan, Denise Andrews and Liz Malia. In January 2018, it was announced that Rosenberg and Hefner had separated while Hefner undergoes treatment for substance abuse issues. D

Demetri Corahorgi

Demetri Corahorgi was a fireman first class serving in the United States Navy during who received the Medal of Honor for bravery. Corahorgi was born January 3, 1880 in Trieste and after immigrating to the United States he joined the navy from New York, he was stationed aboard the USS Iowa as a fireman first class when on January 25, 1905 a manhole plate blew out from boiler D. For his actions he received the Medal March 20, 1905, he is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle. His grave can be found in section B, lot 2. Rank and organization: Fireman First Class, U. S. Navy. Place and date: Aboard U. S. S. Iowa, 25 January 1905. Entered service at: New York. Born: 3 January 1880, Austria. G. O. No.: 182, 20 March 1905. Citation: Serving on board the U. S. S. Iowa for extraordinary heroism at the time of the blowing out of the manhole plate of boiler D on board that vessel, 25 January 1905. List of Medal of Honor recipients in non-combat incidents "Demetri Corahorgi". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved September 20, 2010.

"USS Ammonosuc". Online Image Library. Naval Historical Center. December 22, 1998. Retrieved September 20, 2010