SF Giants Have a Motivator and Mentor in Randy Johnson

Claire ReclosadoSenior Analyst IFebruary 27, 2009

Fans poured into AT&T Park for KNBR 680/Giants FanFest in high spirits on Feb. 7. Orange and black infused the home of the San Francisco Giants, as familiar ballpark aromas teased anxious fans.

Months of yearning led many to devour their favorite delicacies. Long lines leading to players signing autographs filled the halls—one fan was even able to coax Dave Roberts into an impromptu arm-wresting match. Some explored the muddy field that will be miraculously flawless come April 7.

The field may not be ready, but the Giants let fans know that the team is prepared for success in 2009.

Nestled in the confines of the lively park was a room in which Randy Johnson spent a little under half an hour speaking to the media. In that time, the Giants’ newest starting pitcher spoke about joining the organization and his role on the team.

This may be the beginning of the, as Johnson says, “last chapter” of his baseball career, but finds it appropriate that he is now with the Giants.

“My baseball career started back in Livermore—playing little league baseball in the Grenada Little League, and then playing Babe Ruth, and then attending Livermore High and playing four years there, and then getting a scholarship to play at USC," Johnson shared. "You know, it really has come full circle.”

His path has led him to San Francisco, where he is now looked upon as the wise sage of the team. The Big Unit is aware that he is surrounded by youngsters and knows he can make a difference in their careers. With so much experience, he believes he can serve as mentor for the young starters in more ways than one.