6.04.2009

Randy Johnson, 1989 Donruss Rated Rookie

Name: Randy Johnson
Team: Montreal Expos
Position: Ace
Today's headline: Big Unit wins No. 300
Value of card: 300 units
Key 1989 stat: Four batters decapitated
An ugly win is still a win: On June 4, 2009, Randy "The Big Unit" Johnson won his 300th game. Many of the victories were pretty, but some were quite ugly, which seems fitting because the Unit is arguably the least attractive 300-game winner. But baseball isn't a beauty contest, and jacked-up grills mean nothing when a 101-mph fastball is breaking the laws of physics on a path toward your face. Sure, Johnson was gangly and awkward in his rookie season with the Expos. Sure, the first time Tim "Rock" Raines saw the 6-foot-10 lefty on a mound he exclaimed, "That's one big unit." Sure, the first-ballot Hall of Famer has had the same look on his face for 20 years. But what Johnson lacks in looks, he makes up for in mullet and mustache.

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2 comments:

  1. He also killed a bird with a pitch. He's done it all.

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  2. hard to believe that expos jersey and logo are the MOST attractive things in that picture

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