If I were placing a wager I would bet on the AL Triple Crown Winner's Detroit team to take it all at the World Series, but I would never bet on a baseball game.
Instead of going on and on about the current stuff that you're probably sick of by now. I would like to take you back in time yet again to that crazy yet important decade of the 90's
A World Series Champion and World Series MVP...
And a different kind of Triple Crown winner, if you will...
1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice "Award Winner" Randy Johnson #708
It's really safe to say that I love cards much more than their subject matter. I'm no baseball historian, although my time here on the blogosphere has made me much more informed about the game.
I love baseball, and I like and collect Randy Johnson, but I'm absolutely crazy about the card collecting hobby. Kinda crazy huh?
Collector's Choice really hits home with me, and why? Well because they were so damn affordable at the time. I found these Award Winner subset cards to be pretty neat too. I can't say that I have all of them, but this beast with a beast protruding through a star, let me know who was the best pitcher in the A.L. in the year 1995.
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice "Fantasy Team" Randy Johnson #269
I will remember Randy the most as a Seattle Mariner even though he played for six different teams throughout his decorated career.
This Fantasy team subset always stood out in my opinion. I can't even begin to tell you what color those are on the card.
What does Tim Lincecum have on The "Big Unit" anyways?
1995 Fleer Emotion Randy Johnson #78
He doesn't have this kind of FURY, that's for sure. I couldn't even imagine having to face this guy as a batter. Standing at 6 feet 10 inches, the man could kill a bird with a fastball, and in fact did, at a spring training game in 2001.
Johnson must have been the most feared pitcher in all of baseball history.
1997 Fleer Randy Johnson #210
A card set without gloss and a poster board thickness and feel to it, was in fact a crazy thing in 1997. I was not a big fan of this set. I had no idea why the cards were like this. They feel more like an index card than an actual baseball card.
Never-the-less I can't even say that this is a great shot of Mr. Johnson but it does show is where a lot of his power came from.....His face.
You will find this classic grimace on a plethora of his cardboard. Not something I would want to be looking at when a ball is coming at me at over 100 MPH or when his biting slider "bit" just a little too much.
1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated Randy Johnson #112
In his time with Arizona, he took 4 consecutive N.L. Cy Young Awards, won a World Series Championship and threw the 17th Perfect Game in MLB history. He also became the first pitcher to post a 24-5 record.
Why I will always remember him as a Mariner, I have no idea.
If all the stats on Randy Johnson isn't crazy....I don't know what is. Granted that a lot of these stats came after 1999 but lets just see what accomplishments were made in the 90's era anyways.
Cy Young: 1995, 1999
No-Hitter: June 2nd 1990
Led League In Strikeouts: 1992-1995
Led League In ERA: 1995, 1999
Those stats alone would probably be enough to get him in to the Hall Of Fame but he went on to play almost another whole decade.
Randy Johnson YOU ARE The Crazy 90's.