King Felix Brings Excitement Back To Seattle With Perfect Game

Growing up in the Ken Griffey Jr. era, it was hard not to be a Seattle Mariners fan. Griffey Jr. was and still remains my favorite baseball player of all time. He played the game hard, but always managed to have fun doing it. It's why I began to love the game of baseball myself. When he left Seattle after the 1999 season, Seattle was never the same. The Mariners had little to cheer about or celebrate until now.

Yesterday, star pitcher Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game, giving Seattle something to be proud about for the first time since the 90s. King Felix was stellar over his nine innings of perfect ball, striking out 12 Tampa Bay hitters. The Mariners won the game 1-0.

Hernandez has been the ace of the Seattle pitching staff since making his big league debut in 2005 as a 20-year-old. Now 26, Hernandez has solidified himself as one of the league's top pitchers. As one of the most coveted right handers in the game, Hernandez is a frequent name in various trade rumors. Since it is typical for lesser quality teams to dump their star players to contenders in exchange for prospects, this is not surprising. However, Seattle has stood by Hernandez and has made it clear that their ace is not for sale.

The perfect game was Seattle's first in history and the 23rd overall in Major League Baseball history.

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