Which, I guess means, so have the emu jokes.
What a shame. I remember when Randy first came into the league. I was about to turn 2. That was a special day. Who woulda thunk that 22 years later I would be writing a post about him in some sports blog that nobody reads.
Randy Johnson is the first of the mid/late-1990s Kingdome Seattle Mariners squad to retire (not counting Russ Davis, Dan Wilson, Joey Cora, David Segui, Glennallen Hill, and everybody’s favorite Jay Buhner). Lucky for us we still have Alex Roid-riguez and Ken “I Will Always Be Clean” Griffey Jr.
However, Major League Baseball lost a living legend two days ago. Wait, I’m making it sound like he just died. He didn’t die. He just retired.
Randy Johnson is probably the last 300 game winner we will see for quite sometime in our nation’s pasttime. His accomplishments have made him a sure ballot Hall of Famer and arguably the best pitcher of the past decade (who hasn’t been caught taking illegal substances).
Randy it was a thrill watching you pitch (until you joined the NL West with the Giants and D-Backs and beat up on my Dodgers). Heck, you lead all pitchers in MLB history in strikeouts per 9 innings with 10.67. That means you averaged 10 strikeouts a game. And you rarely ever faced Ryan Howard… ZING! And of course, this stat helped project you to #2 all time on the career strikeouts list with 4,875.
I will admit, however, that I’m deeply saddened that the Dodgers didn’t throw millions of dollars your way to get you to pitch at Chavez Ravine. Of course, if they did, you probably would have seen your career come to an abrupt halt (coughKEVINBROWNcough, coughJASONSCHMIDTcough, coughDARRENDREIFORTcough). Sorry, bad cough. Maybe it’s better for your career that you never donned the Dodger Blue.
Unfortunately, not everyone will miss Randy Johnson and his illustrious career. In fact there are a couple people I can think of off the top of my head right now that will be glad to see Randy Johnson retire. And they are John Kruk…
Now here’s that same clip with unnecessary special effects:
Once again, Randy you were great. You pitched amazing. And whether they love you or hate you, any true baseball fan must tip their cap to you out of respect for not only how well you dominated for so many years, but for doing it all without steroids and without any off the field drama. You just did your job everyday you were asked.
I guess, now, the only question about Johnson’s career that is left to be answered is, “Who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame first? Randy Johnson? Or his hair?”