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Logo for Randy Johnson’s photography company is a dead bird (photo)

Randy Johnson — along with Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio — was elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday. And deservedly so. The lanky lefty, all elbows and angles and awkwardness and fastballs of ferocity — and oh, that epic mullet — was a dominant force on the mound, registering 4,875 strikeouts (second to only Nolan Ryan), throughout nearly his entire 22-year big league career.

Johnson garnered a whopping 97.3% of the vote in his first time on the ballot, an outcome he truly appreciated.

“The Hall of Fame was never something that I surely ever thought about,” said Johnson, per an AP report. “I don’t think people quite understand how difficult it is to be 6-foot-10 and be throwing a ball 60 feet, 6 inches away. In order to do that, you have to consistent with your release point and where you’re landing and your arm slot and all that. For someone 6-1, 6-2, there’s less body to keep under control, so it’s a lot easier.”

The report from the Associated Press also notes that Johnson has pursued his interest in photography following his retirement from baseball, which brings us to a delightful little nugget about Johnson’s post-MLB career pursuits.

Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan happened upon the logo of Johnson’s photography company, and anybody who knows a thing or two about the pitcher will recognize the synergy between said logo and a legendary aspect of Johnson’s baseball career.

The dead bird of course likely is in reference to the infamous event from Johnson career. During a spring training game in 2001, an unlucky member of our avian friend family found itself in the wrong place at the wrong time, an observation that fails to truly encompass just how unlucky the bird was and how unfortunate of a place it found itself in at precisely the wrong time.

To wit:

Yeah, so the decision to use a dead bird as the logo for Randy Johnson Photography was an astute one. A somewhat macabre one, but an astute one nevertheless.

(photo credit: USATSI)