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Randy Johnson is now the world's tallest music photographer

Aug 11, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

Now that he has some free time on his hands following his retirement after 22 seasons in the big leagues Randy Johnson attended Lollapalooza in Chicago last week … as a music photographer.

Here’s what the 46-year-old future Hall of Famer told Amy Sciarretto of NoiseCreep.com about his post-retirement plans:

This is my first summer available to go to shows, since I spent the last 26 years playing baseball, so my time was limited. I have four kids and usually there is a concert in Arizona I can go to. I’ve enjoyed music forever, and photography, so one plus one. I envy these photographers that shoot for the bands, taking great pictures, having total access and getting them published.

Through my professional career, I have had an opportunity to be friends with musicians, starting with Kim Thayil from Soundgarden, from when I lived in Seattle. I was up in that scene at the right time, seeing Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Now, I am living in Arizona, I’ve gone to shows and met a lot of different bands members and find out they are sports fanatics. It’s like the old adage that all rock stars want to be porn stars and all porn stars want to be rock stars; only in this case, the rockers want to be athletes and vice versa.

While you attempt to get that Randy Johnson-as-porn star image out of your head, Deadspin actually has a photo of The Big Unit snapping a picture of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron. He’s the 6-foot-10 guy holding a camera.

  1. Ditto65 - Aug 11, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    All of his shots will look like they were taken from a crane.

  2. Mrsteve - Aug 11, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    He is the worlds ugliest motherF

  3. El Bravo - Aug 11, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    I absolutely love that man. The dude would get the best shots and has the ‘I’m a pro ball player’ “in” that every other photographer won’t have. Go for it, Randy. I wish I went to Lalo (I’m in Chicago) but the bands weren’t for me. If I knew RJ was there, I would have paid just to find him and take a photo of him taking a photo.
    He also blew up a bird with a baseball. That’s just super. Way less likely than his perfect game I’m guessing.

  4. JBerardi - Aug 11, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Give him credit for knowing what side of the camera he belongs on.

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