A night before he makes his 26th start of the season, the American League decided to recognize his 25th and named Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez its Player of the Week.
“I’ve been pitching seven years, and that’s the first one I’ve gotten” Felix said.
Guess pitching the 23rd perfect game in major league history gets it done, although former Mariner Joel Piniero won the award on May 7, 2006 without one. So it goes.
Felix may have been happier with the news his wife and two children are flying in tonight from Venezuela and will be at his Tuesday start against Cleveland.
“The last game was the first home game they missed all season,” Hernandez said. “I’m getting them t-shirts like everyone else is going to get, and I’ve got my yellow shirt already. Then there’s that ‘Felix-ing thing.”
Ah, that. After the final pitch of his perfect game against Tampa Bay last Wednesday, Felix struck a pose unique to him – one leg uplifted, both arms straight up, his right pointer finger aimed at the sky.
“(Franklin) Gutierrez asked me ‘Why did you do that?’ and I told him, ‘I don’t know!’” Felix said. “I had no idea what I was doing, but I’ve seen pictures of people doing it all around the world. It’s pretty awesome.”
He said he was more than willing to have the pose show up in 2013 Seattle Mariners commericials, especially if it mean the end of Larry Bernandez, his make-believe secret identity.
“Larry is out,” he said. “I’m tired of Larry.”