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A Big Unit Memory From Cleveland

There's an air show scheduled here this weekend, and planes and jets are making loud practice runs over the city.

Just like in the early '90s, when the Mariners and Indians squared off in the old stadium beneath another air show.

About the second inning, Randy Johnson was on the mound - all 6-foot-10 of him - when a jet streaked overhead.

The Big Unit ducked.

He lost that day, and every time a jet roared by, the same thing happened - Johnson would duck.

Afterward, he joked that the Indians had timed it so jets only went by when he was on the mound.

Those were the early years with Randy, when he was not quite as oood but far more personable than he would be later in his career.