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    Cool REmember when Randy Johnson was an Astro?

    Does anyone here have any stories of where they were when they found on he was an astro

    or any stories of watching his games as an Astro and seeing how dominating he was?

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    I'm baffled. He started 11 games that year and won 10 and only lost 1. he had an impressive ERA of 1.28. Why in the world did the Astros let him go? Free Agent? (Did he only sign a 1 yr deal with them?) Was he traded? If so for who?

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    I went to all five games he started in the Astrodome that season, and the place was electric. Fans showed up early for his starts just to see him warm up in the bullpen.

    AC, the Astros traded Freddy Garcia, John Halama and Carlos Guillen to the Mariners in a deadline deal in July 1998. Everyone knew it was a two-month rental and a steep price to pay for Johnson whose contract was up at the end of the season. But it was still worth it, in my opinion, as the last two months of that regular season the Astros were one of the, if not the, best teams going. The acquisition of Johnson propelled the club to a franchise-best 102 wins and into the playoffs. But it was the same old story for Houston once October started as the bats fell cold and the Astros fell in the LDS to a surging Padres club that went on to win the NL Pennant.
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    I was watching ESPN when they made the announcement- I think it was something like 7 minutes before the trade deadline that the deal was completed.

    The Astros were making a big push to win it all that year, and they thought that Johnson was the final piece to the puzzle. Like PopTop said, his contract was through after that season, and at the time the Astros were not interested in giving dominating pitchers big salaries (see: Mike Hampton).
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    The Astros made a fairly competitive offer for Johnson, but they couldn't compete with Arizona where I believe he's made his home for years now.
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    All I remember from the "Johnson Days" was that he absolutely hated it here. He hated the city, and was not fond of the team.

    Wish I had some articles referring to that. I'll have to do some digging.
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    I remember his debut against Pittsburgh (or was it the first time I saw him in a Houston uni), I had that giddy feeling like the one I had when Nolan signed on.
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    I saw Johnson pitch at Turner Field. The Braves had to start Greg Colbrunn at first because Andres Galarraga was suspended, and he hit a long foul ball, but that's all he did. Johnson had 10 strikeouts and Biggio, Bagwell, and the immortal Sean Berry all homered off of Maddux. Andruw Jones homered off of Billy Wagner to make the final score 4-2, but that was it.
    52 wins to match last year's total

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    on a related note carlos guillen will be reppin detroit at the all star game

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    Paul Byrd, fresh off the waiver wire and making his first start for the Phillies, shut out Johnson and the Astros, 4-0 at Veterans Stadium. Scott Rolen hit a home run of the Big Unit, IIRC.

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