Don’t you know I’m still standing, better than I ever did. Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid. -Elton John
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! Reggie Jackson once said this: “Every hitter likes fastballs just like everybody likes ice cream. But you don’t like it when someone’s stuffing it into you by the gallon” And that’s how it feels when Randy Johnson is throwing balls by you. Don’t believe me? Just ask John Kruk. Kruk wanted no part of Randy Johnson’s ice cream in the 1993 All-Star Game. After Johnson launched a 98-mph fastball right over the Phillies first basemen’s head, Kruk backed nearly out of the batter’s box for the rest of the plate appearance and eventually struck out. How do you like that ice cream?
Greg Maddux is not walking through that door, fans. Curt Schilling is not walking through that door, and Roger Clemens is not walking through that door. Pedro might be, but for now, the only guy walking through any doors is the Big Unit. He is the last of the great pitchers of his era and he still has something left to prove.
Randy Johnson still has five games left to prove. Randy Johnson still has five games left to reach the ever elusive 300 win mark. He will get those five this season and that will just grow his legend.
- Randy Johnson pitched one of the seventeen perfect games in Major League Baseball history.
- Randy Johnson has five Cy Young’s- Second only to Clemens
- He is One of four players to win Cy Young award in both leagues- Clemens, Pedro, Gaylord Perry
- NL Pitching in 2002
- Of all pitchers who have thrown at least 1,000 innings, Randy Johnson is the leader in Ks/9 at 10.67
During the height of the steroid era, Randy Johnson was the most dominant pitcher in baseball. During the height of the steroid era, when batters were putting up record setting numbers, Randy Johnson was putting up some pretty impressive numbers of his own.
- ERA: Only Pedro Martinez at 2.27 era was ahead of Johnson’s 2.63
- Strike Outs: Johnson-1746, Pedro- 1250, Schilling-1229, Roger- 1027
- Wins- Johnson- 100, Glavine- 89, Maddux- 89, Pedro- 87
- Innings- Johnson- 1274, Schilling- 1175, Maddux- 1152
So this baseball season try to catch Randy Johnson whenever you can. You’ll be catching a legend. You’ll be catching history.
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!