6.4: Randy Johnson with Greg Papa
Well Joe the 42009. Turns out to be a memorable day in baseball history Greg Papa the studio welcomed a chronicle live presented by auto trader dot com and cushion we have is a chronicle conversation subject tonight. I got a good idea guy just moments ago became the 24 pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball to win 300 games we bring in a Randy Johnson from Washington DC Randy thank you so much for your time and simply how does it feel to be a 300 game winner now. Now it's pretty exciting era obviously the next couple days -- next week hopefully if felt kind of sink in. That just right now it's very. -- and understood to think it happened to him. And actually got -- game going on right now via second game of the double header so our. And need to get out there but -- just along not. Long road to where to where Matt now and I just thankful that. Have been able to get there after all the back surgeries and all the perseverance. He had so many big moments in your career obviously of one World Series you won five Cy Young award. 5000 strikeouts and in your career. But those were singular moments this is more of a career achievement award at. Can you compare what you accomplished today to those other milestones in your career and it. -- it was much like what I've said this afternoon at the press conference after the game I mean. You know the the accomplishment today is is been ongoing you know whether I got there and hours completely unknown until today's game arm. But going into today's game I knew you know there was something. Something there. If I pitch well the team plays well. And it's been an accomplishment for us you know. Has been going on now for 2120 years they're the perfect game the World Series those are all great accomplishments the -- are. Short short periods of of my career. This is something that's been going on for 21 years and tell it to get to this point now. I -- in in my career. It's just something that or price sink in a little bit quicker than I say the past accomplishments. He needed some help from your bullpen today and Brian Wilson got some huge outs -- that the biggest out of the game on the baddeley came in the eighth inning when he got that punch out. Adam Dunn where were you because you were not on the dugout bench when that. Strikeout occurred where were you Randy what was your reaction when Adam Dunn took strike three. Well organized tests and faced Adam a couple of times back in San Francisco we're faced the nationals and a couple times today and Barack. You know if you throw a ball over the middle a play he he can hit a long way and the bases were lowered his time were up a run so a lot. For Brian to get that strikeout that was big. And then our guys back in the dugout in the top of the inning we were it was score about -- I think 33 more runs so are. Brian has done a great job for pro starting pitchers and and for himself and the team in. You know -- this this this has happened early enough in the year now to where we can come march forward now and hopefully start there are getting closer to the Dodgers. It already one of the great moments came in the bottom of the ninth when you were sitting on the dugout bench wouldn't it have to it'd appeared pretty clear you're gonna win the game and get number 300 in your son at. Was on the dugout steps serving as the bad boy and he kind of motioned to him. To come sit down to your side you're young boy. Two hander that must have been a special moment for you in in what do you think it about your dad of -- dead. They thinking of if he could sit there alongside with you and your boy today for this historic moment. Well to have to have my son as a bat Gloria it's it's pretty special -- You know you could I ask any athlete when their son is able to apartheid cannot. In the game in some capacity it's it's pretty special. Let alone on the magnitude of today's game and you know I'd promised him a long time ago that third this station ever combat. That we would work it out there and and just happy that -- and I a lot of family and friends here that flew in from month the West Coast and some from month you know different countries so -- I was just like a service it's been kind of a long road. Pretty exhausting but I'm excited about throughout the remainder of the year and that that's really. In the five games are behind me now now are the remainder of the year is really what though is what I'm here for. I'm gonna let you go -- -- do you wanna go watch the remainder of the second game of the doubleheader but while one final question. To me the the transformation and you occurred it heading into the 1993. Year where you became a ten year period from 93. To 2002 I think ranks with anybody's. Decade of dominance in the history of baseball a lot was written and stated about your. I'm meeting up with would Nolan Ryan and Tom house than the pitching coach. Of the Texas Rangers this summer of a 1992 Randy do you think that was what turns your your career rounding got you in the strike zone and allows you become the pitcher that you have become. Well I think it's one of the things I think there's several things obviously after I had that meeting with them I became good friends and we did a video together but very -- they said themselves to me that are in our you can. You can teach someone something and it's it's really up to them to ought to get the information and run with fit so loyal to me. You know it's still taking me you know every game as a matter being trying to be consistent with my mechanics so why it's never something that. In -- of wired there's there's days I even at this point in my career where I go out there and and -- struggle with my mechanics but are they definitely got me in that the right frame of mind and and got me are going towards home plate with my mechanics and there was a lot of water on some things that. You know that off the field that have happened in my life that -- -- persevere -- Moore and -- dollar deeper when amount in the game. Hear you while lost your dad about six months after that -- Christmas day of 92 outta that is that's the best servers to motivate her for you to become the pitcher you became after that Randy. -- absolutely I mean American aren't the information that I got from a baseball standpoint men Mario Rivera. And I guess you could say the bigger heartening that the willing to dig down a bit deeper and and go places that I hadn't been before as far as. The accomplishments and and just what it took to get there. Is what I got my -- so watch both of those. And along with a lot of better people that I've met and I experiences. Have very have been very important -- throughout the course of my my career. From Livermore high school all the way to a 300 game winner congratulations Randy. Thank you thank you very much.
Randy Johnson spoke with Greg Papa on Chronicle Live following his 300th win Thursday night.