PHOENIX — An Arizona freeway named after a soldier killed in the Iraq war won’t be temporarily rebranded to honor soon-to-be baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson.
Organizers decided to scrap a celebration planned for Friday to temporarily post signs on State Route 51 to honor Johnson — who wore the number "51" while playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gov. Doug Ducey had planned to attend.
The Diamondbacks announced the cancellation in a news release late Tuesday, saying concerns expressed by Pfc. Lori Piestewa’s family were understandable.
The Diamondbacks said none of the organizers wanted to pursue the rebranding — which was set to last three weeks. They noted that Johnson has visited troops overseas and is working with Wounded Warriors.
Johnson’s Hall of Fame induction is scheduled for July 26.