Random Coincidence or The Time Stream Falling Upon Itself
Last night, Steve Johnson made his first career start, going 6 innings and striking out 9 Mariners. Which is not docked for its level of difficulty in the Major League record book. Turns out, there was another reason this was notable:
“Exactly 23 years to the day that unheralded right-hander Dave Johnson, “The Pride of Middle River” as he was trumpeted, notched his first major league victory at Memorial Stadium for his hometown Orioles in impressive, complete-game fashion, another rookie named Johnson took to the mound.
This time it was Dave’s 24-year-old son, Kingsville’s Steve, making his second appearance for the Orioles at Camden Yards and first start as a big leaguer. He, too, picked up his first big league win on Aug. 8 for the hometown team that no one expected to be in a pennant race.”
Which leads me to this, which also debuted in 1989, the same time Dave Johnson did: