There is always plenty to like about the pitcher the Seattle Mariners fans call “King Felix”. Felix Hernandez clearly enjoys his job as a pitcher on a Major League Baseball team and has fun on off-days. He loves competing when it is his time to toe the rubber and it is made more obvious by his great career numbers. A lot of press was thrown his way this off-season after he signed a record contract offer by the Mariners. Some negativity always flows along with those things but in spite of it all, Hernandez remains a humble pro.
When it comes the fifth day and he goes out to the mound, he isn’t the highest paid pitcher since whomever or whatever. He is just Felix and he loves to pitch. It just so happens that he is really good at it. His last outing against the Texas Rangers however was not what anyone would call good, least of all Hernandez himself. He threw three innings and gave up 11 hits and 8 earned runs to the Rangers. There was only one homer so most of it was just the pounding of baseballs.
Upon questioning, which he took in spite of such a bad outing by the way, he said his outing was embarrassing. He said he left a lot of stuff up in the zone and the Rangers just hit everything. I’m sorry but right about that time I don’t care how much money the guy makes. That is just a product of the machine anyway. The man owned up to his bad outing. He, in effect, patted his chest and said it was his bad. Also note how his frustration means he still cares deeply how he performs even though he makes however much money. I like this move by Hernandez and it is one reason he’ll shutout his next opponent next time out. If not then it will be the next.