Saturday viewing: 38 Randy Johnson strikeouts

DMZ · February 6, 2009 at 11:47 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

MLB sent us a note about Saturday’s programming: you get two Randy Johnson 19K games on MLB Network:
At 9am, June 24, 1997 game between the Mariners and Athletics
At 11:30am, August 8, 1997 against the White Sox

(times translated from this “ET” thing they quoted us)

Two of the finest pitching performances in Mariner history, available for your viewing. Oooooh yeah.

Edit: Or…maybe not, see above. But micahshelton in the comments says the White Sox game will be on 2/8 at 9pm PST and the Oakland game will be on 2/15 at the same time.


20 Responses to “Saturday viewing: 38 Randy Johnson strikeouts”

  1. joser on February 7th, 2009 12:25 am

    Oooh. Almost enough to get me to pay for cable.

  2. Typical Idiot Fan on February 7th, 2009 1:12 am

    I gotta admit, I’m finding myself watching an awful lot of MLB network lately. I’m not really that hard up for Caribbean baseball but… it’s farking LIVE BASEBALL… I’ll take it!

  3. jephdood on February 7th, 2009 1:38 am

    Same here. ANYTHING baseball, and I’m on it.

    When is ‘Hot Stove’ going to feature the M’s?

  4. NateDawgUS on February 7th, 2009 1:46 am

    DVRing now.

  5. Breadbaker on February 7th, 2009 2:47 am

    The A’s game is the one where McGwire just about hit one out of the Dome, if I recall correctly. Gas against gas, one of the great fun moments in baseball history.

  6. TheMsfan on February 7th, 2009 2:52 am

    I was sitting in my favorite seats at the King, 300 level behind homeplate, and that was easily, eeeeeeeeeasily the most fun i have ever had watching the mariners lose. And yes, that is the game that mcgwire hit the bomb. What was amazing about it (if i remember correctly) was that Johnson had 2 strikes on Mac, and everyone was goin koo koo, and then BAM, silent as a pin after the bomb. Looking forward to watching it again.

  7. TheMsfan on February 7th, 2009 6:54 am

    although it will be a bit frustrating to watch 6 guys hit in a row with OPS’ of over 850 at the august point, with one of, if not the best lh starter in major league history, and then compare it to say….the last 4 years

  8. buckleybats on February 7th, 2009 8:51 am

    I was sitting in my favorite seats at the King, 300 level behind homeplate, and that was easily, eeeeeeeeeasily the most fun i have ever had watching the mariners lose

    Yes sir. I was right up there with you that night. You want to talk about a moon shot? It was the greatest home run I’ve ever seen. No joke that ball sailed from one end of the dome to the other. How incredibly frustrating it must have been from Johnson and the permed mullet to fan 19 and lose. That’s almost as bad as when Matt Young pitching for the Red Sox pitched a no hitter and lost.

  9. MyOhMy on February 7th, 2009 9:02 am

    If this is the game that Big Mac almost hit the JumboTron, I believe it was a 3-2 pitch even. The Dome was going bananas and I was sitting in “Perry’s Perch” as well. Was everyone sitting up there? I could barely see where the ball landed … I think they even underestimated HOW FREAKIN FAR that ball traveled! Fun times!

  10. hub on February 7th, 2009 9:08 am


  11. MyOhMy on February 7th, 2009 9:09 am


  12. hub on February 7th, 2009 10:32 am

    Any news on when MLB Network will replay the games (if at all)? I was looking forward to 6 straight hours of Big Unit nostalgia.

  13. micahshelton on February 7th, 2009 10:57 am

    According to my guide data the White Sox game will be on 2/8 at 9pm PST and the Oakland game will be on 2/15 at the same time.

    They’re talking to Valle now on the MLB Network and he’s doing his best to talk up Griffey.

  14. giuseppe on February 7th, 2009 11:24 am


  15. OppositeField on February 7th, 2009 12:21 pm


  16. OppositeField on February 7th, 2009 1:00 pm

    The point of my post was that my channel guide says that the Randy Johnson game is supposed to be on right now, but I think they are running this A-Rod story instead since it is “breaking news”. But it is indeed being aired again tomorrow night at 8PM PST.

  17. micahshelton on February 7th, 2009 1:21 pm

    Also next Sunday 2/15 at 11:30 PST they will show the game where Cameron hit 4 HR in 2002.

  18. hub on February 8th, 2009 9:03 am

    Randy’s performance is playing on MLB Network right now (Sunday at 12pm EST).

  19. Pete Livengood on February 8th, 2009 5:18 pm

    I watched the June 24, 1997 game this morning. I was actually there that day. I remembered seeing Randy get 19 one time, but wasn’t sure of which of the two dates it was – and then I saw that shot McGwire hit off of Randy and knew this was the one. That was as memorable for me as Randy’s 19. Man, at the time I was sitting down the RF line, right over by where the bullpen was, with a pretty good view of the trajectory of that shot. At the time, I sincerely thought it was going to hit the damn roof.

    The TV coverage was kind of comical…the announcer saying “that was about halfway up into the upper deck!” and the cameraman kind of scanning back and forth toward the nether reaches, until finally, one row from the absolute top of the stadium, there’s some joker dancing with his hands over his head, ball in left hand. On TV they claimed it was 538 feet – but it HAD to be 600 if it was a foot.

  20. illdonk on February 8th, 2009 10:51 pm

    Does anybody know if the McGwire homerun is available anywhere online? My friend and I were at that game, sitting fairly high up in left-center (it might have been the only time we ever sat there), and we always wondered if we could be seen on the broadcast. We had actually joked about catching a homerun, since we were so far away, and the ball was hit way over our heads…good times. Thanks.

    [you really don’t want to post your email address in plain text]

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