Damon joins exclusive 200-HR, 400-steal club
Rays outfielder swipes milestone bag in second inning vs. O's
BALTIMORE -- Johnny Damon's second-inning steal in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Orioles put the Rays veteran in some elite company.
Damon became just the ninth player in Major League history to accumulate 200 homers and 400 stolen bases. The others are Barry and Bobby Bonds, Joe Morgan, Craig Biggio, Roberto Alomar, Rickey Henderson, Marquis Grissom and Paul Molitor.
As if that wasn't enough, Damon became just the second with 100 triples, 200 homers and 400 steals. Molitor, a Hall of Famer, is the only other player to reach all three milestones.
"That's pretty impressive company," said Rays manager Joe Maddon.
Damon went 1-for-4 in the loss. His stolen base set up a scoring threat in the second inning, but he was stranded. The Rays' loss dropped them four games behind the Red Sox in the American League Wild Card standings.
"I just wish we could've won this one," Damon said. "I think that's a pretty good milestone. It's some pretty good company."
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.