The King, Felix Hernandez Walks Off Nearly in Tears
It is quite possible that no other athlete has shown the dedication and loyalty to the city of Seattle and their franchise as Felix Hernandez has.
With losing seasons piling up in the Pacific Northwest, Hernandez has never wavered in his desire to remain a Seattle Mariner. Even though the New York Yankees and nearly every other team in baseball have made it clear they are interested in taking one of the greatest pitchers in the game away from us, King Felix has decided to stay.
With the 2014 season came a new and unknown experience for many Mariners fans as well as our ace. In the final game, the Mariners had a chance to play for a playoff spot. Of course, the top pitcher in the American League would take the mound for Seattle in a must win game against the Angels. The Mariners would go on to win the game, however, the Athletics would also win – giving them the one game edge and send them to face the Royals in a one-game wild card playoff.
Felix pitched the way Felix always pitches. Brilliantly. After earning one out in the 6th inning, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon pulled the starter to a standing ovation that we haven’t seen in a long time.
This season proves that winning is possible with this club. The fans are eager and demand it. The management senses that and will be forced to put in the effort this offseason to take the next step in the highly competitive American League West Division.
I’m sure looking forward to next season and what Felix and the rest of the almost 2014 playoff team Seattle Mariners can do.
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