Randy Johnson: The Big Picture

Randy Johnson: The Big Picture is a documentary that was originally programmed on the MLB Network. It’s available on YouTube for anyone that wants to see it. It’s a documentary about the life and career of “The Big Unit” Randy Johnson. He was one of the most intimidating pitchers of his generation. His size, serious face, and the mullet made you timid. I also can’t forget that he was a hard throwing pitcher. In the 1993 All-Star Game, Johnson threw a fastball over the head the Philadelphia Phillies first baseman John Kruk. It was a funny moment because of Kruk’s reaction.

Randy Johnson’s career didn’t take off until he got traded to the Seattle Mariners. The 1995 season was a season to remember for Randy and the city of Seattle. He won his first of five Cy Young Awards with an 18–2 record, 2.48 ERA and 294 strikeouts. The defining moment for Randy Johnson in 1995 came against the California Angels. Mariners and Angels faced off in the AL West one-game playoff; the winner wins the AL West division. Johnson struck out 12 batters to send the Mariners to the Division Series.

During his time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, he won the 2001 World Series against my New York Yankees. He shared Co-MVP with Curt Schilling. One of the things that drew me about this documentary is that Randy Johnson loves to do photography. I kinda got the idea when he was snapping pictures at Pedro Martinez during his Hall of Fame speech, but I didn’t think he was serious about it. Randy Johnson said in the documentary that he took photography classes when he was in college. I thought that was interesting and people should do whatever it makes them feel happy.

Randy Johnson is part of the exciting 2015 Hall of Fame class alongside with Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, and Pedro Martinez.

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