Randy Johnson isn’t a name you normally associate with SF Giants history, but he spent the final year of his career in San Francisco in 2009. The southpaw made history in a Giants uniform in winning his 300th career game with San Francisco. in a win over the Washington Nationals. He’s forever enshrined in the Hall of Fame, but he’s also discovered an interesting hobby in his post-playing career.
The 2009 season was a very fun year for Giants fans as Johnson was brought in to mentor a pair of young pitchers in matt cain and Tim Lincecum. This pair became a trio at the end of the season with the inclusion of Madison Bumgarner.
This team almost slipped into the playoff picture, but fell short with an 88-74 record. At that point, it became apparent the Giants were building something special. No one could have predicted three championships in five seasons, but you knew something was on the horizon.
The 6-foot-10 southpaw was part of this very fun team in 2009. Johnson recorded an ERA of 4.88, 4.91 FIP, 1.33 WHIP, 8.2 K/9 and an SO/W ratio of 2.77 in 22 appearances for San Francisco. He suffered a torn rotator cuff while swinging a bat in mid-2009, which sidelined him for much of the second half of the season.
He was limited to bullpen work at the time of his return and it wasn’t too surprising when the 22-year-old veteran announced his retirement shortly after the end of the 2009 season. If he wanted to continue throwing, it was as if the Giants would have been eager to find him.
Of course, the veteran southpaw was inducted into the Hall of Fame five years later in an obvious decision. Since then, Johnson has taken up a hobby few would expect:
Yes, photography has been Johnson’s hobby for years and he’s also been lucky enough to work on NFL games. His art includes photos of concerts, wildlife and travel to accompany the occasional NFL game.
Johnson’s photography company logo strength some people are uncomfortable because it is the silhouette of a dead bird, reminiscent of a bird incident from his playing days.
It will be an interesting cycle of events if Johnson manages to capture an Arizona Cardinals game. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray’s uncle Calvin Murray was a Giants outfield prospect and the home plate hitter during Johnson’s infamous incident.
For years, Johnson was known for his competitive edge. He would wear his emotions on his sleeve and challenge any batter who entered the batter’s box. But, there is now another facet of him which includes photography. It’s his outlet for expression and it’s cool that he can do it during NFL games now.