Skies Could Limit Big Unit's Win No. 300

Rain delayed Randy Johnson's lastest effort to get win No. 300 in the nation's capitol last night, but (weather permitting) he will be at it again today with a 1:35 p.m. first pitch.

It isn't a sure thing though. According to the National Weather Service forecast, it's almost a certainty there will be more storms in the area today.

Because of two Giants off days, Johnson will be pitching on seven days rest since winning No. 299 last week against the Atlanta Braves. He left the ballpark without speaking to reporters.

You look at his career, and he's been through everything," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "Randy's fine. I'm sure he's anxious to pitch, not just because it's 300."

He is facing the sad-sack Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Giants fans want this 300-win watch to end as quickly as possible. We don't want Johnson hanging around and lingering at 299 for very long.

And the Giants have a history of making history when playing the Nationals. Tim Lincecum earned his 500th career strikeout against this team,  and back in 2007 Barry Bonds broke the all-time home run record against the Nats at AT&T Park.

Ironically, Johnson will be facing the very team that drafted him from USC back when he was a 22-year-old with zero major league victories. The Washington Nationals were back then the Montreal Expos, and trading away their new draft pick, Randy Johnson, seemed like a good idea at the time. Johnson led  the American League in walks and hitting batters with the pitch after his trade to the Seattle Mariners.

But 299 major league wins, five Cy Young awards, a World Series co-MVP award, one no-hitter, one perfect game, and one unfortunate demolished bird later, Johnson is already regarded as one of the most dominant pitchers of the modern era.

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