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July 11, 2000
Q. Nice eight-pitch inning. Couldn't have been much nicer?
RANDY JOHNSON: No, with all the festivities, usually doesn't give a starting pitcher
enough time to warm up. Pitching on Sunday, I didn't know how I was going to throw. So you
can go out there and throw eight pitches, and you have to be pretty pleased about that.
Q. How much is adrenaline part of your arsenal, or is composure more important?
RANDY JOHNSON: Well, I've learned to, I mean obviously, you know, my adrenaline is part
of my arsenal, if you want to call it that, or whatever you phrased it. But you have to
learn how to keep it under control and how to stay focused and utilize it to your
advantage, as opposed to being used against your disadvantage. Early in my career, little
things would rattle me. I would still be a high-strung pitcher out there, lose my focus.
Now, with maturity and learning that you have to stay focused, I've used it to my
Q. Is intimidation a part of that at all with the batter?
RANDY JOHNSON: Well, you know, over the last seven years, I keep hearing that word,
"intimidating." And reporters ask me if I feel I'm intimidating. I'm just going
out there and pitching. You know, you have to ask a hitter if they're intimidated, and
there's a lot of hitters that apparently aren't, because they hit me pretty well. Every
time I go out there to the mound, it's a great challenge to try to get hitters out. In
today's game, where everything is kind of offensive-oriented, you know, it's a great
challenge to be a pitcher in today's game and be successful, because there are --
everything is kind of sliding more towards the hitter. I don't think I'm saying anything
that you don't already know. But it's definitely a challenge being a pitcher in today's
Q. The double that Derek Jeter hit off you, did you miss a spot, or did he just hit a
RANDY JOHNSON: (Laughing.) He's a great hitter. I mean what is he? 3-for-3 right now?
He could be hitting as we speak. Like I said, you know, for a starting pitcher, it's a
little more difficult to get in the flow of the game. You know, I pitched one inning. Like
I said, I pitched Sunday. I tip my hat to him. I don't mind giving up hits as long as they
don't score. My personal battles with individual hitters really isn't much of one. My main
concern is just keeping us in the game in regular-season games and giving us a chance to
Q. You said it's tough to be a pitcher in today's game. Would you elaborate on why it
RANDY JOHNSON: Well, I mean I've only been fortunate enough to play for 12 years, but
I've seen when I first came up the strike zone then, and I see the strike zone now; I've
seen ballparks 12 years ago, I see ballparks now. I don't really think I need to elaborate
much more, other than the ballparks are much smaller, the hitters are much stronger, the
balls are a lot harder, and the strike zone's a little bit smaller. So, the advantage is
really with the hitter. You have a lot of great pitchers out there. I use the word
"Great" that have high ERA's because they're giving up a lot of runs, because
there's a lot of home runs in today's game.
Q. How do you approach pitching in an All-Star Game more so than a regular season?
RANDY JOHNSON: Well, it's really difficult. I knew going into today's game even, had I
not pitched on Sunday and been well-rested, I'm only going to pitch two or three innings,
so I go about it a little differently. My routine for a regular-season start for the
Diamondbacks is much more different than an All-Star Game. Obviously, there's the same
amount of adrenaline, because there's a lot of focus on an All-Star Game. I want to do
well. But a regular-season game, it's a big buildup. I've been working hard for four days
after my last start in preparation for my next start. On a day that I've pitched, I feel
like I've physically done all my work in the weight room, and mentally did all my research
for the hitters I'm going to face. So I feel in today's game, you need to be mentally and
physically prepared to face the hitters that you're going to face.
Q. How many fastballs did you throw tonight? Was it mostly just breaking stuff?
RANDY JOHNSON: No, I think I only threw eight pitches. I think seven of them were
strikes, I was told, and I think I threw two or three breaking balls. So I'd say about
Q. To what extent do you try to cut the atmosphere in this game when there's not a lot
of pressure to win so much as there would be in a regular-season game?
RANDY JOHNSON: Well, I enjoy being here. I think it's a great honor. I mean, you never
know as a player -- a lot of players are here for the first time. I've been very fortunate
to be here a few times in All-Star Games. You just never know when you're going to be in
an All-Star Game. I take this very seriously. Unfortunately, what I do in a nine-inning
game during a regular-season game, you're not going to see one inning. It takes me a while
to get in the flow of the game. What you saw last year by Pedro (Martinez), to strike out
six batters, it was amazing. It takes a power pitcher a while to get going in the flow of
the game. I was pretty pleased to throw eight pitches and get the game over from my
vantage point so I could now be a fan and watch the game.
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