In less than two weeks, Seattle Mariners legend Randy Johnson will join the Baseball Hall of Fame. Not as a Mariner, of course — Seattle fans know all too well that the “Big Unit” will be inducted as an Arizona Diamondback.
Leading up to this year’s induction ceremony July 26 in Cooperstown, New York, the MLB Network will run an hour-long special — titled “The Big Picture” — on Johnson airing at 4 p.m. Thursday. The show, narrated by Metallica lead singer James Hetfield, will be rebroadcast at 9 p.m.
Check out the video excerpts below for a taste of Johnson’s dominant 22-year career in the bigs — from his infamous intimidation to his precision bird-strike to his memorable All-Star exchange with John Kruk.
“Not everybody is wired the same way,” Johnson says in the show. “There [were] times when I’d stare down a hitter, intimidate them, yeah, absolutely. I loved it, I’m not going to deny that. I loved that one-on-one. I don’t regret it, it’s just the way I performed and I performed better that way, having a little bit of an edge to me.”