Someone asked manager Daren Brown if it were true that Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez didn’t look at the opposing lineup before taking the mound, and he responded that Hernandez doesn’t particularly care who he’s facing – once on the field he’s a fierce competitor.
“I remember in 2004 when I had him in San Bernardino and we were playing a series against the Angels minor league team,” Brown said. “They sent word that Tim Salmon was on a rehab assignment and wanted us to know he’d be playing the next day.
“I sent word back that Felix was pitching the next day, and they might want to let Tim Salmon know.”
“Felix struck him out a couple of times, and Salmon told the local paper ‘I’m on the first game of a rehab assignment and I wasn’t ready for that!’” Brown said. “Felix wants the ball, and he wants to compete against anyone who comes to the plate. He wants to beat you.”