Farewell Big Unit

I know this isn’t Phillies related but oh well: Randy Johnson is retiring after 22 seasons of terrorizing right-handed batters. The 5-time Cy Young award winner finished with an astounding 303-166 record, 4875 strike outs, and a 3.29 ERA. He earned his 300th win this past season on June 5th versus the Nationals, formerly the Montreal Expos where he started his career. He played in Montreal, Seattle, Houston, Arizona, New York (AL), and San Francisco.

Nicknamed the “Big Unit” because he stood at 6’10” and slung the ball 100 MPH side-armed, Johnson is probably the greatest pitcher I ever watched growing up. He was certainly a favorite of mine as I enjoyed watching he and Curt Schilling team up to take down the Yankees in the 2001 World Series.

This is one of my favorite Randy Johnson moments of all time: 1993 ASG vs John Kruk. After the first pitch sailed over Kruk’s head, he stood as far away from the plate as possible and surrendered to Johnson, who took care of him in the next three pitches.

And who could ever forget this?:

The Big Unit was one of the greatest of all time. There will never be another pitcher like him.

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