Look at that hair. Now that's the hair of a hard-throwing ace of a baseball staff. Maybe Felix Hernandez should try growing out a little Kentucky Waterfall.
In all seriousness, Randy Johnson returns to Seattle tonight in search of his 299th win. He may not get as warm of reception as Ken Griffey Jr. did when he came back with Cincinnati a few years ago, I'm pretty sure he won't receive the boos that Alex Rodriguez did either.
Columnist John McGrath checks in on the subject ... As does Art Thiel. Apparently Johnson isn't going to get misty-eyed in his return, but Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa - a Federal Way native - wants to see Junior.
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I'm sure Lash will post some of his "favorite" moments with Johnson later today.
Most Mariners fans that I talk to have a healthy respect for the Unit and what he meant to this organization during one of its most successful periods. Of course, that whole trade in 1998 to the Houston Astros left some fans miffed. Many people thought he mailed it in that first half of the season trying to force a trade,going 9-10 with a 4.33 ERA. And they were even more incensed that he went 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA, to lead Houston to the playoffs.
And what the Mariners received in the trade -- Freddy Garcia, Carlos Guillen, John Halama -- all were contributors, but never superstars and all moved on as well.
I actually saw the Unit pitch for the Astros that year in the Astrodome and he beat the Cincinnati Reds - 1-0. He tossed nine innings, allowed six hits and struck out 14, while walking one. At times it looks like he was pitching to the little leaguers.
Regardless of that season, you cannot overlook or underestimate what he did for the Mariners, particularly in the 1995 playoffs, or what he achieved in the game of baseball.
And it goes beyond his hair cut, or lack thereof back then.
Here's a quick look at his resume.
10-time all star
5 Cy Youngs -- 1995, including four in a row 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
No-hitter on June 2, 1990 against Detroit
Perfect game May 18, 2004 against Atlanta
Led the league in ERA in 1995, 19999, 2001, 2002
Led the league in strikeouts nine times.
4080 innings pitched
298 career wins (24th overall)
Career 3.29 ERA
4,831 career strikeouts (2nd all-time)
Average of 10.66 strikeouts per inning pitched (1st all-time)
37 career shutouts