Hard not to be impressed by Randy Johnson’s perfect game last night: at the age of 40 Johnson is still as dominating as ever. I was struck, looking at Johnson’s stats that he had a 5-to-1 K/BB ratio in 2002 and 2003, and he’s on track for basically the same this year. Going into last night’s game his BAA was a measly .178 … How does a guy like Johnson or like Roger Clemens maintain that kind of dominance, that kind of skill?
People talk about the golden age of pitching in the 1960s and speak wistfully of duels between Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson. I think it is even more impressive, in this era of Playstation-hitting stats, to see guys as dominant Clemens and Johnson. They are truly great players.