Big Unit's Big Hometown Honor

By Lori Preuitt
|  Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009  |  Updated 5:46 PM PDT
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Big Unit's Big Hometown Honor

Hilary Laurie

First pitch from Livermore Junior Giant, Evelyn Pizer.

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Bay Area native and pitching legend Randy Johnson got quite an honor Tuesday when a baseball field received his name in his hometown of Livermore.

The field will forever be called "Randy Johnson Junior Giants Field."   It was always there at May Nissen Park, but now has heaps of upgrades.

Improvements include new dugouts, a new infield, better irrigation, new fences, a pitcher's mound and bases, as well as four new oak trees to add shade in the future.

The Giants Community Fund, the Good Tidings Foundation and Chevron contributed to more than $200,000 to help make all that happen.

Johnson is a 1982 graduate of Livermore High School.  

And while friends paid for this field, Johnson himself recently helped fund the renovation of a 58-year-old field across from Marylin Avenue Elementary School.  That is one of the area's poorest schools.

Johnson is a 1982 graduate of Livermore High School and still has strong ties to the area.

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