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“• Juan Pierre, Dodgers: He is 5-for-31 against Johnson and has been hit three times. "I decline to talk about him," Pierre said politely through a Dodgers PR guy, "because I still have to hit against him." • J.T. Snow, formerly of the Giants and Angels: He was 4-for-26 against Johnson and was hit in the head by Johnson 11 years ago in spring training. "Everyone's ESPN highlight nightmare," Snow said a year after being hit. Snow got his left wrist up in time to deflect a 97 mph fastball, but the ball hit him in his left eye. Snow said he remembers lying in the dirt, blood gushing from his eye. "It felt like I had been cold-cocked, like in a fight," he said. "All I could hear was my wife screaming in the stands." "It was one of the worst things I've ever seen," said then-Giants manager Dusty Baker. "You know how a boa constrictor squeezes a mouse before he eats it? That's what J.T.'s eye looked like. It was that tight. If you had touched his eye, it would have popped out. I never thought he'd play again." Snow did, a tribute to the courage all good hitters have. • Jeff Huson, former infielder for several teams: He faced Johnson twice; he walked once and struck out once. He put Johnson's intimidation best, comparing it to other sports: Most other sports don't have the fear or the danger that a hitter has facing Randy Johnson. "What was the worst thing that Michael Jordan could do to you?" Huson said. "He can go dunk on you. He could embarrass you. What's the worst thing Randy Johnson can do to you? He can kill you." Tim Kurkjian is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. His book "Is This a Great Game, or What?" was published by St. Martin's Press and became available in paperback last May. Click here to order a copy.
What's the worst thing Randy Johnson can do to you? He can kill you.” -- Former infielder Jeff Huson