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Staying loyal to The King

By Sunny Cadwallader - Apr 29, 2017

The Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, April 25 by a score of 19-9. An eyesore of a score for Mariners fans, and another frustrating result for a team thought to be much better than it has played so far this season.

Felix Hernandez, Seattle’s ace, was on the mound for the Mariners, so M’s fans were hopeful heading into the game. Or, at least they should have been. Then, I read this tweet:

Hernandez only lasted two innings in Detroit, giving up 6 hits, 4 earned runs, walking two and striking out two. It wasn’t so much Tuesday that should scare Mariners fans. They’ve seen Hernandez lose velocity on his once wicked fastball the last few years. No, it’s this exchange (via Seattle Times) that should scare them most of all.

Hernandez didn’t want to discuss his injury, saying “they said everything already.” Asked in passing if was he was scared, he replied, “yeah.”

Until the extent of the injury is known, anything said is only speculation. But, it is concerning for any fan of baseball. (Update: Hernandez was placed on the 10-day disabled list this week with shoulder inflammation and could be out two to three weeks, or more)

From the moment he entered the league, Hernandez was must-see baseball. His youthful exuberance, engaging personality and passion for the game showed in every start. Words like “filth” and “nasty” were readily used in game stories about King Felix.

And yeah, that Latin flair from his Venezuelan roots helped a little bit, too.

He made the Pacific Northwest fall in love with him by wanting to be here. The Mariners capitalized on that love by creating their “King’s Court”.

What started out as a small section of fans all dressed in yellow “King’s Court” t-shirts and flashing “K” cards for every Felix Hernandez strikeout has stretched to five sections.

Felix Hernandez is the Seattle Mariners. Hernandez loves Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Mariners fans all across the region love him back.

He may not be the pitcher he used to be, but Hernandez is still must-see.

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