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Randy Johnson had a "big" career. A five-time Cy Young Award winner, the 6-foot-10 lefty won 303 games and finished with the second-most strikeouts in major league history, 4,875. With a résumé like that, he deserved a "big" nickname -- and, boy, did he get one.
In honor of Johnson, who announced his retirement on Tuesday after 22 seasons, Page 2 presents a quiz about the origins of his oversized moniker -- with a nod to some other "big" name players in MLB history, including Big Poison, Big Donkey and The Big Hurt. Take our quiz to see how "big" of a baseball fan you are.
1. Randy Johnson was known by what nickname?
a) The Big Mullet
b) The Big Unit
c) The Big Lanky
2. Who gave him this nickname?
a) His wife
b) His rabbi
c) Tim Raines
3. What were the circumstances surrounding the creation of this nickname?
a) Something we can't publish on a family-friendly Web site
b) Former Expos teammate Tim Raines once collided with him during batting practice, looked up and said, "You're a big unit!"
4. Where did Johnson pitch in college?
a) The Big East
b) The Pac-10
c) The SEC
5. What was Hall of Famer Walter Johnson's nickname?
a) The Big Johnson
b) The Big Train
6. What is David Ortiz's nickname?
a) Big Pop-Up
b) Big Papi
7. What is Frank Thomas' nickname?
a) The Big Hurt
b) The Big Whiner
8. What was Hall of Famer Paul Waner's nickname?
a) Big Waner
b) Big Poison
9. What is Adam Dunn's nickname?
a) Big Dunn
b) Big Donkey
10. What is Carlos Zambrano's nickname?
a) The Big Z
b) The Big Crazy
11. Whose nickname was Big Wheel?
a) Lance Parrish
b) Mark McGwire
c) Andres Galarraga
12. What is Lance Berkman's nickname?
a) Big Puma
b) Fat Elvis
c) All of the above
13. Whose nickname was Big Daddy?
a) Cecil Fielder
b) Rick Reuschel
c) Steve Garvey
d) A and B
14. Who has the best "big" nickname in MLB history?
a) Randy Johnson, aka "The Big Unit."
Answers: 1 (b); 2 (c); 3 (b); 4 (b); 5 (b); 6 (b); 7 (a); 8 (b); 9 (b); 10 (a); 11 (a); 12 (c); 13 (d); 14 (a)
Cam Martin is a contributor to Page 2. He previously worked for the Greenwich (Conn.) Time and The (Stamford, Conn.) Advocate, and has written online for CBS Sports and Comcast SportsNet New England. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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