One of the most famous, or infamous, moments in Spring Training history happened 19 years ago today. Randy Johnson was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks and was taking on the San Francisco Giants in an exhibition game, but those are not the details fans remember. Johnson blowing up a bird with a blazing fastball is all that anybody can recall.
Nineteen years later and we're still asking ourselves, "how?"
The timing of this scenario seems almost impossible. How is this incident not in high school physics textbooks across the country?
The poor bird perhaps served as a sacrificial good luck charm for the Diamondbacks that year because Johnson won the Cy Young and Arizona defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series. RIP to the little buddy.