Remember When: Randy Johnson Hit a Bird With His Fastball | NowThis

Remember When: Randy Johnson Hit a Bird With His Fastball | NowThis

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This pitcher could throw so hard his
fastball 2001: the Arizona Diamondbacks and the
San Francisco Giants met for an unremarkable spring training game in
Arizona. D-backs ace Randy Johnson on the mound. Johnson was one of the most
devastating pitchers ever and a baseball legend. The 6’10” lefty threw a pitch that
likely reached 100 mph, only it never made it to home plate. it was called an no pitch; you can even
hear gasps from the crowd. The one-in-a-million play wasn’t covered
in baseball’s Official Rules, so the umpires used common sense to make the
call. More than 15 years later, it remains one of the wackiest things to ever
happen in a baseball game. But some people weren’t amused. Johnson says PETA
even tried to bring legal action legal trouble over the freak incident.
Johnson and the Diamondbacks went on to win the World Series later that year, one
of his best seasons on his road to Cooperstown. Despite having a Hall of
Fame career, Johnson says he gets asked about the bird incident just as much as
he does about as many other achievements As he recalls: “It was a blurred growing
across home plate; the ball simultaneously hitting that blur, it’s
just hard to really put that in perspective. It happened so quick.” While he
doesn’t enjoy talking about Johnson seems to have made peace with it.
He made a dead bird the logo of his photography company a passion for which
he spends most of his time now in retirement you

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