Randy Johnson tells Hall of Fame-worthy stories on 'Old Baseball Cards'

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If you’re a fan of our “Old Baseball Cards” series, then you know in almost every episode of the series, you’ve seen Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson. In the intro, Scott Boras says, “My God, you’ve got a Randy Johnson.

Well, baseball fans, this week I have only this to tell you: My God, we’ve got a Randy Johnson. As in the real one.

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The Big Unit is this week’s guest on our baseball nostalgia show, where we open up old packs of cards from the ’80s and ’90s. I gave Johnson, now a special assistant to the president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, a pack of the famous 1989 Upper Deck, which contains his rookie card and Ken Griffey Jr.’s, but spoiler alert, we didn’t find either.

We did, however, get some cards that led to great stories. Like when he found the guy who made the final out of his first no-hitter. Or about riding the bus with Larry Walker in the minor leagues. Or taking a picture with Wade Boggs. It’s a fantastic episode with a legendary player.

Hall of Famer Randy Johnson opening 1989 Upper Deck. (Yahoo Sports)
Hall of Famer Randy Johnson opening 1989 Upper Deck. (Yahoo Sports)

If you’re new to this series, then welcome and we hope you enjoy it. Each week, I open a pack of old baseball cards with an MLB player, coach or famous fan. The cards aren’t worth much these days — except those 89 Upper Deck — so instead, we use them as muses for storytelling. If you dig the show, we’ve got plenty of great episodes below.

Previously on Old Baseball Cards
MUST-SEE EPISODESGeorge Brett | Torey Lovullo | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz |  Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2)

MANAGERS/COACHESTerry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts | Gabe Kapler | Alex Cora | Dave Martinez | Ron Gardenhire

CURRENT PLAYERSCurtis Granderson | Noah Syndergaard | Kyle Hendricks | Clayton Kershaw | Todd Coffey | John Axford | Dee Gordon | Adam Eaton | Rajai Davis | Brad Ziegler & Tyler Clippard | Buster PoseyDavid Price & Anthony Rizzo

STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAYFrank Thomas | Sandy Alomar Jr. | Delino DeShields | Cliff Floyd | Dan Plesac | Aaron Boone | Bobby Bonilla | Andre Dawson  | Ivan Rodriguez | Jack Morris | Jeff Nelson | Mark Teixeira | Rick Ankiel | Kevin Millar

CELEBS: Mr. BeldingAlyssa Milano | Josh Duhamel | Joel McHale

ETC: Chris “Mad Dog” RussoJosh Kusnick | Jeff Passan | Ken Kendrick

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Mike Oz is a writer at Yahoo Sports. Contact him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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