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Felix takes a train ride – and a lineup

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on May 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm with 5 Comments »
May 14, 2012 3:03 pm
Felix the Whistle Blower

Pitcher Felix Hernandez has a hobby some of his Seattle Mariners teammates enjoy more than others – on every bus he rides, he likes to honk the horn.

When the team took a rare private train from New York to Boston on Sunday night, Brandon League inquired whether Felix was going to blow the whistle from the engine.

Not surprisingly, the Mariners ace found a way.

“I asked and when we had a quick stop, Hector (Noesi), Shawn (Kelley) and I got to go up to the engine,” Hernandez said today, still delighted.

“There weren’t that many dials and controls. Just a couple of things to pull or push for forward and reverse.”

Could Hernandez now drive a train?

“No. All I wanted to do was blow the whistle,” he said.

 Blow it he did.

“Six, seven times, it was way cool,” Felix said.

As for the nearly four-hour train trip, most of the Mariners enjoyed taking a break from airports and airplanes.

“We didn’t even sit down, we stood around talking the whole time,” Felix said.

An older writer mentioned that was the way all teams traveled before airplanes, and Felix stared at him a full 10 seconds.

 “No way,” he said.

“Way,” he was told.

  “Wow,” Hernandez said.

And now, tonight’s lineup vs. Boston Red Sox
Dustin Ackley  DH
Casper Wells  LF
Ichiro  RF
Jesus Montero C
Justin Smoak 1B
Kyle Seager  2B
Alex Liddi  3B
Michael Saunders CF
Brendan Ryan SS
Jason Vargas LHP

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. SandlotSam says:

    Felix is a gem in more ways than one….but it sounds like Felix needs to watch some old baseball movies because there you see it plain as day: baseball players traveling by train. All aboard!

  2. family_man says:

    Felix is just a big kid. I love stories like this.

  3. flyingdutchman says:

    Are people these days that dumb?

  4. timeout says:

    Good story, Larry. I hope that was the Smoakamotive that pulled into Boston. Three days doesn’t make a breakout, but it’s a nice change in a bad trend.

  5. Larry, I agree with your comment in today’s paper that with the current roster Ichiro should probably go back to lead off.

    Though I also hope we can upgrade both RF & Lead off in 2013.

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