Imagine facing him. On the mound, with his 6’9" height, he would have appeared 10 feet tall, and could throw 100mph. Left-handed! And once he had developed that wicked fast slider late in his career, it was over.
I recall when I used to wait tables at this fancy restaurant in Cincinnati that Paul O’Neill used to frequent. One night (this would have been after Paul retired from the Yanks after the DBacks beat them in the WS…2000?) as he awaited the rest of his guests to leave, I just walked right up to him (and he’s a super nice guy) and blurted:
“Paul, I don’t mean to bother you, but ever since I have seen you coming here, I’ve been meaning to ask: what’s it like facing Randy Johnson?”
He kinda gave me a lopsided grin and said (paraphrasing) “Well, the thing of it is is that both of us are left-handed, so I couldn’t see his delivery because he’s so tall and his arm is so long, so this white blur comes into your peripheral vision and his pitches come so fast, that you literally hear them before you can actually clearly see it, and once you see it, its already in the catcher’s mitt.”
I thought that was wicked cool.