Johnson thanks fans, many others, as D-Backs retire No. 51

PHOENIX (AP) Saying ''there were a lot of special moments created here,'' Randy Johnson thanked fans, teammates, front office personnel, even the clubhouse guys when the Arizona Diamondbacks retired his No. 51 on Saturday night.

Johnson won four consecutive NL Cy Young Awards and a World Series championships, threw a perfect game at age 40, and as he noted, killed a bird with a pitch during his eight seasons - over two stints - with the Diamondbacks.

The honor came two weeks after Johnson's induction as a first-ballot selection to baseball's Hall of Fame.

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He joins his former teammate Luis Gonzalez as the only Arizona players to have their number retired by the franchise.