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Video: Felix Hernandez’s emotional afternoon at Safeco Field

Post by Ryan Divish on Feb. 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm with 4 Comments »
February 13, 2013 5:08 pm

If you haven’t seen Felix Hernandez’s press conference, it’s something you should watch. Rarely will you see the type of raw emotion and sincerity that the Mariners’ ace showed today at Safeco Field. He was honest and hopeful and thankful.

The cynic will say “I’d cry too if I got $175 million dollars,” but if you watch and listen to Hernandez, you’d see a kid that has embraced the idea of being the face of the Mariners franchise. He understands, accepts and desires the responsibilities that come with the label.

(more video after the jump)

Also you can see his commitment to the organization and the Mariners fans. He gets it. And he wants to stay here and build this team into a winner.

Below you can see how Hernandez’s emotions got jumpstarted when Mariners staffers and employees – clad in King’s Court shirts – surprised him coming out of the elevator for the press conference.

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  1. bbnate420 says:

    This guy is effing special. You can tell he wants to be as good as he can be. And he wants to be a Mariner. I wouldn’t really blame him if he didn’t or wanted to play out the last 2 years and see what they do to make the team better. Most of the fans are at least ambivalent about the ownership. It seems logical that he would be too. AFraud didn’t necessarily want to be here. Griffey, as great as he was didn’t want to stay, and neither did Randy. I can somewhat understand why Randy was pissed off though. Dominant #1 starters that are 27 and want to stay with the team and be the face of the franchise don’t fall from trees.

  2. jchawks08 says:

    As a thick-skinned, often cynical Seattle sports fan, this damn near choked me us too! Truly awesome to see the emotion coming from him and genuine happiness to be a Mariner. This guy has been special from day 1.

  3. illbarry says:

    Felix has the chance to be one of the best the game has seen, and for him to want to do it in Seattle is more then special. Not since Edgar has the franchise had a true hero who wanted to stay his entire carear in Seattle and make it his home.

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