PHOENIX — Diamondbacks 2001 World Series MVP Randy Johnson was recognized prior to Saturday’s D-backs-Giants game as the newest “legend” in the Legends Entertainment District in downtown Phoenix as part of the D-backs’ Alumni Day festivities.
The D-backs and Legends Entertainment District unveiled a 42-foot-tall graphic of Johnson on the FOX Sports Arizona pregame show prior to the D-backs broadcast. The graphic now hangs on the Phoenix Convention Center Garage, located across from Chase Field closest to the intersection of Jefferson and 5th Street.
Johnson was selected as the District’s newest legend based on a fan vote at FOXSportsArizona.com. The nominees were Johnson, Matt Williams, Curt Schilling and Mark Grace. Diamondbacks legend and special assistant to the president Luis Gonzalez was the first D-backs player to be featured in the Legends District, debuting in September 2011.
Johnson was a 10-time All-Star and five-time Cy Young Award winner. He is the franchise’s leader in nearly every pitching category after two stints with the D-backs (1999-2004 and 2007-08), including wins (118), strikeouts (2,077), complete games (38), innings pitched (1,630 1/3), games started (232), ERA (2.83) and shutouts (14). He shared World Series MVP and Sports Illustrated “Sportsmen of the Year” honors with Curt Schilling following the D-backs’ world championship in 2001.
The Legends Entertainment District project is designed to encompass landmark downtown facilities, extending from 1st Avenue to 7th Street and Washington to Jackson Street.