The Big Unit Is a Vinyl Man

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With the 2018 Hall of Fame class being announced today, now seems like a good time to check in on 2015 inductee Randy Johnson, who apparently had a chill Tuesday browsing a record store.
Does it shock me to learn that The Big Unit still drops money on vinyl? Absolutely not. I assume he just naturally adopted it after spending nearly a decade pitching in Seattle. Also his time with the Mariners overlapped with the rise of grunge music in the 1990s — that should be enough of a hint to figure out what Randy bought…
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Randy touched on how he got to know band members from Pearl Jam and Soundgarden in an ESPN interview back in 2009:

1. Eddie Vedder was in Seattle recently for one of your starts, as were others from Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. How did you get to know those guys?
Randy Johnson: My first year here was 1989, so that was the beginning of the grunge movement, as it was labeled, with all the underground bands making their mark on Seattle. Whether it was Pearl Jam or Soundgarden or Tad Doyle in the band TAD, Mudhoney — a lot of those bands really put Seattle on the map, along with Microsoft and Starbucks. A lot of those musicians are really into sports, and I’m really into music, so it was a great mix. I was starting off at a great time in Seattle when these bands were starting off. I was going to see them play their shows, and they came to some baseball games and it meshed. We met, and I got to know some of the guys. I’ve known those guys for 20-some years now. We still stay in touch; in fact, as you said, they were at the game last night and I’m hooking up with them after the game tonight to go see a show. I feel very fortunate to not only have played the game at the right time here in Seattle but also to have met a lot of very interesting people here that I can call friends. It was a great time in Seattle. Along with all the great stuff happening on the field there was a lot of things off the field that were just as interesting. I’m very fortunate to have been part of that.

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