SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. The best pitcher in Diamondbacks history made his first visit to Salt River Fields on Monday, and he came bearing gifts.
Randy Johnson was in camp at the D-backs invitation, and they hope he will make it a regular occurrence.
Johnson looked comfortable and at home. He talked to manager Kirk Gibson early Monday, then spoke to several D-backs pitchers as he watched morning drills. A nod here. A word of advice there. He had a captive audience.
A guy like that comes around, you stop what you are doing and listen, Trevor Cahill said.
It is not the 99 mph fastball and swing-and-miss, back-foot slider that the D-backs are hoping to capture from Johnson, who should be a first ballot Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible in 2015.
No, the D-backs would like to mine the drive and resolve that accompanied Johnsons immense talent. He once pitched a complete game in San Diego on a day in which he was so sick that he was unable to warm up before the game. Thats the lesson....