Randy Johnson retired today. One of the most dominant pitchers in Major League history, the Big Unit was one of my favorites to watch over the last 20+ seasons. Since his day rocking a sneer as an Expo on the 1989 Donruss Card (limited edition ‘Rated Rookie’ – only 100,000, printed!)
to the hirsute domination in the Kingdome in the 1990’s beyond his short-lived brilliance as an Astro, World Series winning as a Diamondback utter displacement as a Yankee and even as a hated Giant ,
Randy always intimidated.
His herky-jerky-flamingo-whip arm action mad him nearly unhittable, his attitude was badass and his records speak for themselves:
303 wins, 3.29 Career ERA (in the steroid era!), 4,875 K’s, 1.17 career WHIP. . .and FIVE Cy Young Awards. . .the guy is an automatic First Ballot Hall of Famer.
To one of my favorites – thank you for the memories, Randy, may there never be another like you.