Friday, June 05, 2009

Featured card: 1989 Fleer Randy Johnson #381

I don't know if I'll write a fawning prose dedicated to the Big Unit because he won his 300th game - he intimidates, has always been a 'heel' of sorts who has never really been 'beloved.' However, fans, peers and other interested people do respect the numbers the Big Unit has put up through his Major League Career.

I will say it did seemed like he was a little more gracious than he normally is - and it almost seemed he wanted to share his milestone win with his family, teammates and fans who had shown up in Washington Thursday night.

My only question is whether or not he is the most feared Major League pitcher pitcher to step on the mound - does he trump Bob Gibson and Don Drysdale? When the light clicked for Johnson [he was talented, but seemingly was a late-blooming Major League project] and when he had it going on six, seven, 10, 15 years ago, he had the ability to put the ball wherever he wanted and intimidate opposing hitters like no one had seen in a long time.

His line in a milestone night where the San Francisco Giants won 5-1 represented a diminished, but refined and still capable Big Unit - 6 innings pitched, 2 hits allowed, 1 run [unearned], 2 walks and 2 strike outs.

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