Saturday August 8th was a day that FOX Sports Arizona, the Arizona Diamondbacks and D-backs fans have been looking forward to since the start of the 2015 season. Why? It was the day newly inducted Baseball Hall of Famer, Randy Johnson would have his #51 retired by the D-backs. FOX Sports Arizona had the day covered extensively on televison – and across all social media platforms as well!
Randy’s big day began at 9:30 am with FOX Sports Arizona replaying Randy Johnson’s 20 strikeout game as well as his perfect game before the jersey number retirement ceremony.
The FOX Sports Arizona Fan Express bus rolled to Chase Field from Tolleson as 50 lucky fans won two tickets to the game and the opportunity to ride on the Fan Express bus to watch the Diamondbacks take on the Cincinnati Reds on this special night.
Chase Field had a playoff type atmosphere with a crowd of over 40,000 eagerly waiting for “The Big Unit” to take the Diamondback mound one last time.
At roughly 5:00 pm, Randy took his final walk from the Diamondback bullpen to greet the anxious Chase Field crowd. Making his way to the mound, he greeted the only other D-back to have his jersey number retired – Luis Gonzalez , as well as former and current Diamondbacks front office executives Jerry Colangelo, Joe Garagiola Jr, Ken Kendrick and Derrick Hall.
Before the ceremony began, current President and CEO Derrick Hall had a gift for the Rock ‘n Roll lefty. A limited edition Rush gold plated drum set! His reaction to this generous gift was priceless.
Randy thanked all of the front office, fans and family throughout the Diamondback organization for making his experience in Major League Baseball the best time of his life.
Once the game started and the fans settled into their seats, Randy made his way up to the FOX Sports Arizona broadcast booth to join former D-backs manager Bob Brenly and Steve Berthiaume on air. Even a little friend made a visit to remind Randy about that time on March 24th 2001.
Randy was a busy man doing interviews and talk shows but his big moment of fame came during the D-backs Legends Race. Randy Johnson let teammate Mark Grace win his first ever Legends Race. Check out our Snapchat Story for all of the exclusive coverage from Saturday night.
Although the D-backs couldn’t get a win on Randy’s jersey retirement night, the evening was unforgettable. The fans, the Rush gold plated drum set, sitting in the booth with Bob and Steve and witnessing Gracie win the Legends Race, Chase Field was the place to be and FOX Sports Arizona was the network to watch!