Randy Johnson Gunning For 300th Win

Joe CasoloCorrespondent IJune 3, 2009

SEATTLE - MAY 22:  Randy Johnson #51 of the San Francisco Giants acknowledges the fans during the game against the Seattle Mariners on May 22, 2009 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated the Giants 2-1 in twelve innings. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

300 is a popular number lately.

The Chrysler 300... zzz. 300 (Spartans) ... bleh. Even the $300 stimulus check was a little understated.

Tonight in our nation's capital, there might possibly be a 300 that is truly sensational. The Giant's own Randy Johnson will be gunning for his 300th win against the Washington Nationals.

In this case, 300 is truly epic. With a victory tonight, Randy Johnson will be joining a club so elite —only 23 players in the history of baseball have joined.

Possibly one of the most fierce lefties ever to take the mound, Randy Johnson is surefire bid into the Hall of Fame. His five Cy Young awards are mere highlights of a dazzling career.

Johnson first joined the majors in 1988 with the now-defunct Montreal Expos. But it was in Seattle when he "made his bones" as a feared and respected pitcher.

As a Mariner, Randy Johnson became a household name with five all-star game appearances and an AL Cy Young Award. While in Seattle, he led the league in strikeouts four times, and had the lowest batting average against in four separate years.

This is a dream career for most pitchers. But Randy wasn't finished. Not by a long shot.

In 1999 Seattle Johnson was traded to the young Arizona Diamondbacks. Much to chagrin of San Francisco fans, the Big Unit seemed to only get better.

In the desert Randy Johnson racked up five more all-star nods, and four more Cy Young's. Most importantly he won a championship in 2001. All the while, Johnson kept his low key, no nonsense demeanor. All business.

Year after year Johnson has dominated opposing batters, and the occasional unfortunate bird. In an era where baseball's biggest names steadily fall under the steroid cloud, the 45-year old fireballer remains virtuous.

San Francisco signed Johnson in the offseason to bolster a solid pitching rotation. The Giants were fully aware of the lucrative fanfare imminent in a 300-game winner. Aside from that, the Walnut Creek, Ca. native got a chance to return home for possibly his final year as a big-league pitcher.

With a win tonight, Randy Johnson will join the ranks of perennial greats such as Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Warren Spahn, Gaylord Perry and Greg Maddux. The second-place Giants will need every win they can get if they want to catch the dangerous Dodgers.