Category Archives: 1986 Season

Randy Johnson’s Hall of Fame Debut

randy_johnson_2004_studio_plus_photofileDo you want to know how fickle Baseball can be? RANDY JOHNSON IS GOING TO THE HALL OF FAME WEARING A DIAMONDBACKS CAP.

I take you now in the way-back machine, back to September 20, 1986, Seattle, in the accursed Kingdome. To celebrate my 23rd birthday, myself and a group of friends attended the (once again last place) Mariners game that night, against the defending champs, the Kansas City Royals. Pitching for the Mariners that night was one of some young pitchers obtained in a trade earlier in the season by the name of… wait for it…

Brett Saberhagen was going for the Royals.

The trade had sent the Mariners beloved lefty Mark Langston to the Expos for the three prospects, including Randy Johnson, who at the time was a VERY tall fireballer with no control whatsoever. He scared the living daylights out of hitters because he was throwing so hard and so wildly. He was Nuke LaLoosh a couple of years before there was a Nuke LaLoosh.

The Mariners, as usual, had a terrible year, finishing a mere 25 games back of the Angels and four back of the 6th Place Minnesota Twins. If you were looking for a high point, it was the night of September 20th, when a new, young Mariners arm took the mound against Brett Saberhagen and the Champion Royals. Read the rest of this entry

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