Randy Johnson played drums at jersey retirement ceremony (Video)
The Diamondbacks retired Randy Johnson’s uniform No. 51 prior to Saturday’s game against the Reds. They also presented him with a rare gift Johnson couldn’t resist trying out.
A fan of rock music, and the band Rush, Johnson was presented with a drum set that’s an exact replica of the one used by Neil Peart during the group’s 30th anniversary tour. The set is one of just 30 that were made. After a big smile and congratulatory pats on the back, Johnson grabbed the drumsticks and sat down to test them out. To see this portion of the ceremony, skip ahead to the 2:00 mark of the video.
The Big Unit is no stranger to playing the drums so there’s little doubt this will be the last time he rocks out on them.
Johnson was recently inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and became the first player to do so wearing a Diamondbacks cap on his plaque. Johnson the franchise’s all-time leader in ERA (2.83), wins (118), innings pitched (1,630.1), strikeouts (2,077) and complete games (38).