For Randy Johnson, who was inducted into the Major League Hall of Fame, his time with the Arizona Diamondbacks was ‘In the Mood for Love’.
Since 1999, he has won the National League Cy Young Award four years in a row and the World Series in 2001, winning and MVP honors.
Diamondbacks pitchers aspire to be like the club’s ‘legend’ Johnson. However, right-handed starting pitcher Jack Gallen unwillingly became the ‘second Randy Johnson’ in the other direction.
On the 18th (Korean time), while practicing pitching in the outfield ahead of an away game against the Athletics in Oakland, California, Galen hit and killed a bird while throwing a curveball.
“Honestly, I’m not sure what happened,” Gallen said, according to the Associated Press. He said, “I just know that the ball has changed direction. I saw what happened. It was kind of a freak accident. It’s unfortunate.”
The scene of the accident was captured on the camera of Bali Sports Arizona, a broadcaster dedicated to broadcasting Diamondbacks games 안전놀이터.
Previously, Johnson killed a bird during a spring training game in 2001. While pitching against the San Francisco Giants, a pigeon that crossed in front of home plate was hit and killed by a baseball thrown by Johnson. A similar thing happened to an Arizona junior pitcher who was 5 years old at the time.
“I don’t remember seeing that when I was a kid,” Galen said. But I’ve seen that video several times.”
The accident happened a day before the anniversary of Johnson’s perfect game against the Atlanta Braves in 2004.
Meanwhile, Galen has started 9 games this season and is recording an outstanding record of 6-1 with an ERA of 2.35 and a WHIP (on-base percentage per inning) of 0.85.