Wednesday, June 6, 2007
I went to the Diamondback game tonight with my friend Tim, actually I have two friends named Tim, so we call him Joey. It is a long story, so I will just leave it at that. Fun night. Expected to see Barry Bonds, but he didn't play because Randy Johnson was pitching and the left hand pitcher has always been a problem for left hand batters not only Bonds. We did see some unexpected things though. Johnson's eighth and final strikeout of the night in the fifth was the 4,605th of his career, moving him into second place on the all-time strikeout list ahead of Roger Clemens. Nolan Ryan, at 5,714, is the all-time leader. Since Clemens is scheduled to come back this season and pitch for the Yankees, he and Johnson might flip-flop during the season for the second position all-time. No matter what, it was a very cool thing to see in person. Johnson is arguably the best left hand pitcher ever to play baseball.The game ended on a Chris Young home run in the bottom of the 10th, this is called a walk off because the players literally walk off the field after the player touches home plate. The picture is from Chris Young approaching home with all his teammates around while the umpire watches for the touch. All in all a fun night.