Seattle Mariners’ Edgar Martinez tells classic Randy Johnson anecdote during Hall of Fame induction speech
Randy Johnson has long lobbied for his friend and former teammate Edgar Martinez to take his rightful place alongside the fire-balling lefty in the baseball Hall of Fame. On Sunday, that officially became a reality in Cooperstown, New York, with Martinez's induction.
The two teamed up as part of the entertaining Seattle Mariners clubs of the mid-to-late 1990s, until Johnson was traded to the Houston Astros at the 1998 trade deadline. Two years later, when Johnson signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Martinez gave a quote to a newspaper that did not sit well with the Big Unit, he said during his speech Sunday.
"I don't know if you remember, but when you went to play for Arizona, a reporter quoted me in the paper," Martinez began. "I said something about you that you didn't like."
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So Johnson approached Martinez eventually and asked "What was that in the paper?"
"And I said, 'What paper?'" Martinez recalled. "And then you told me, 'Don't worry, it will hurt, but only for a minute.' Watch it, he might throw at me right now."
It was that intensity inherent to Johnson that Martinez went on to praise.
"I love that you had the intensity and drive to give our team an edge," he said.
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