The Best Ever
What are there, five, six billion people living on this planet? To say you are the “best ever” or to have people call you the ‘best ever,’ no matter the topic, profession or endeavor, is truly an incredible thing.
The greatest power pitcher in the game’s history retired yesterday. Think about that: greatest ever…..
I had the honor of being in the same rotation as RJ for a little over three years and I can say, without a doubt, that there is no way I’d have achieved what I did then, or afterwards, were it not for him. Randy pushed me in ways I never thought possible, and made things happen I knew I’d never see again.
The major leagues is the best of the best. There is no “5A”, no league above it. When someone in the big leagues is so good he makes competition look amateur, it’s saying something. There were nights, like when he punched out 20 vs. Cincy, when RJ was a man amongst boys. It’s a cliche used far too often, and often not applicable in the cases it is used, but he was just that.
Like Jordan in his prime, Tiger on a roll, Federer, Pele, Gretzky, all of them, RJ was every bit as dominant and more so at times, than any of them.
He should go down as the most dominating power pitcher, certainly the most dominant left hander, of all time, and I’m proud to say I was part of a team he played on that brought home the first world championship in any sport to Arizona.
Add to that his wonderful wife Lisa, who provided so many things we athletes need and the public misses, that moral support at home and the ability to raise our children while we’re off “playing a game,” for without that pillar of strength at home, we could never achieve what we do.
God Bless and Congratulations on a first ballot, 100% unanimous Hall of Fame Career RJ, it was an honor to watch.