Randy Johnson can now say he is a member of the one of the most exclusive clubs in Major League Baseball. The San Francisco Giants 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals has given the Big Unit the 300th win in his career. Johnson is the 24th pitcher to reach 300 wins in a career.
Johnson win over the Nationals is fitting since he broke into the big leagues with the Montreal Expos. The Expos would later move to Washington in essence giving Johnson a win over the team that started a career that has seen its fair share of high lights.
The highlights started when he was traded to the Seattle Mariners and he threw a no hitter against the Detroit Tigers in 1990. Johnson’s reputation for his fastball was well known. In the 1993 All-Star game he threw over the head of John Kruk of the Philadelphia Phillies. Kruk was ten feet away from the plate on the next pitch he faced from Johnson.
Johnson’s fastball once in a spring training game in 2001 found a dove that had decided to fly in front of the pitcher’s mound. The bird did not fare well with the encounter. In 1999 Johnson signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks and for that he will be best known.
In the 2001 World Series Johnson led the Diamondbacks along with Curt Schilling against the New York Yankees. Johnson won game two and six of that series. Then on no days rest Johnson pitched relief in a game seven win as Arizona won their only championship.
In a career that has seen Randy Johnson win a World Series Co-MVP, five Cy Young Awards, pitch a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves in 2004, and is second all time in strike outs. Johnson is a sure fire hall of famer. At the age of 45 this could be Johnson’s last season but it has given us at least one more highlight.