Ladies and gentlemen, Randy Johnson…
With a former teammate of mine Randy Johnson, going for 300 wins tonight, Rob Bradford sent along a few questions pertaining to RJ. Here they are:
1. Do you think there will ever be another 300-game winner?
Never say never but I am not sure the game is situated for it to happen again. First off you have to have hall of fame talent, and there are certainly a lot of guys out there with that. But the other things MUST fall in line:
A. Play on a winning team EVERY year
B. Miss VERY few games due to injury
C. You basically need to win 15 games a year for 20 years. I think
Maddux is the only guy to even sniff something close to that. Otherwise you need to win 20 for a few years, hard enough in and of itself, and have a ton fo 17-19 win seasons, and sprinkle a few 23-25 win seasons in there as well.
2. When did you realize RJ had what it took to reach such a milestone?
After I watched him pitch his first game, in person.
3. When he went to the Yankees did you think that was a bad fit, and why do you think he had such a hard time there?
I never thought it would work out for a ton of reasons off the field. I certainly thought he’d win, and he did, but I didn’t see him enjoying even a minute of being there. He’s very much an introvert most times, and the RJ I knew had major issues with ‘publicity’ away from the ballpark that wasn’t controlled, and NYC is the king of unwanted publicity away from the field.
4. What is one of your favorite RJ stories?
Nothing really funny, but my favorites were watching him stroll out of the bullpen for relief in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, the night after throwing 100-plus pitches in Game 6. Watching him strikeout 20 vs the Reds, and get a no-decision.
5. What is your second-favorite RJ story?
The fact that after three years I took about 100 shirts from him in golf, to his 1.