Ever wonder if maybe Nick Johnson was just a big Johnny Cash fan and this is his way of paying tribute?

Johnson hasn’t has an on-base percentage below .347 since his rookie season (when he still on-based 114 points higher than his average). For four straight years and five of the last six, his OBP has been above .400.  Last year it was third in baseball at .426. He post a .428 mark in 2006.

Let’s review Nick Johnson’s on-base skills so far this season:

Sunday

  • Johnson walks in the third, but Tex flies out and A-Rod grounds into a double play.
  • Down by a run in the eighth inning, Johnson walks with two outs, but Tex grounds out to end the inning.

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Tuesday

  • Johnson is hit by a pitch in the fifth pushing Derek Jeter to second base. Jeter later scores on A-Rod double.
  • Johnson walks to lead off the seventh, but Tex, A-Rod and Cano can’t bring him in.
  • Johnson walks with two outs to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.

Johnson is doing what he was acquired to do, get on base in front of the boppers. On one occasion his walk pushed a runner into scoring position, on another his walk actually scored the key run in the game. Not a bad return.