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A couple of weeks ago the Mariners marketing department shared with us the tagline for the 2013 advertising and marketing efforts. The plan was to introduce the new tagline at the same time as the TV commercial spots are completed and previewed, sometime in mid-March.
The tagline is “True to the Blue” which in this case, of course, is “Mariners Blue.” When the seven-year agreement for Felix Hernandez to remain in Seattle was finally announced on Tuesday, an immediate connection was made between King Felix’s commitment and the tagline.
During the news conference yesterday (Wednesday), as Felix was expressing his genuine love for his family, the fans, the City of Seattle, the people in the Mariners organization and at Safeco Field, etc., “True to the Blue” crossed my mind several times. There is something special in sports when a player spends his entire career wearing the uniform of the same team, and while we don’t have a crystal ball, it certainly appears that Felix has a chance to be added to that very exclusive list….along with recent players like Edgar Martinez (Mariners), Derek Jeter (Yankees), Chipper Jones (Braves), Cal Ripken Jr. (Orioles) and Tony Gwynn (Padres), as well as legends like Stan Musial (Cardinals), Yogi Berra (Yankees), George Brett (Royals), Roberto Clemente (Pirates) and Ted Williams (Red Sox) to name just a few.
As everyone now knows, Felix signed with the Mariners at age 16, reached the big leagues in 2005 at the age of 19, and is now signed through the 2019 season. A long way from his native Venezuela, he and his wife now live in Bellevue, WA, with their daughter Mia and son Jeremy (who wants to be a hitter, not a pitcher).
Felix is the best example of “True to the Blue”, a living example of some who believes in Mariners Baseball and in this great part of the country. “Long live the King.”
This pretty much sums up how we feel about King Felix!
Today Felix Hernandez signed a new, seven-year contract, the biggest in franchise history, which will keep him in a Mariners uniform through the 2019 season. Felix is truly the King of Seattle, and has embraced the community and the franchise since signing as a 16-year-old out of Venezuela in 2002. Here is a pictorial look at Felix celebrating many of his great moments in a Mariners uniform, and a look ahead to the many more that will come.
The big news of the day in Seattle (and Peoria), and well for that matter, the baseball world, is that the Mariners and ace right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez have reached an agreement on a new contract.
What exactly does that mean? Tomorrow Felix will sign the new contract and hold a news conference in Seattle beginning at 2 pm on Wednesday, February 13, at Safeco Field.
Stay tuned for more details about the big event, but in the meantime, just know that The King will be wearing a Mariners uniform for several more years (and let’s get the hashtag #KingOfSeattle trending!)
Felix Hernandez Since 2009 (MLB Ranks):
Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS, Felix does what he does best – dominates unsuspecting hitters.
On June 28, the Red Sox were at Safeco Field, and for seven innings, Felix was evenly matched with Boston starter Franklin Morales. By the time Felix walked off the mound in after the top of the 9th, both teams had a handful of hits, but there was still no score.
Not wanting to spoil Felix’s gem, John Jaso and Casper Wells stepped up. Wells lined a double into the gap in left-center. Justin Smoak was walked, and Skipper Eric Wedge lifted Miguel Olivo for pinch-hitter John Jaso, who at the time was leading the team with game-winning RBIs. He didn’t waste any time, lignin a single to right, giving Wells just enough time to score on catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to give the Mariners a 1-0 win.
By August 27, Felix was on a roll. In 14 starts, he was 9-0 with a 1.40 ERA, 100 strikeouts, 17 walks and a perfect game. Facing the Twins in Minnesota, he was once again in top form, and although Felix needed just a single Mariners run to earn the victory, this time, the heroics came in the 8th on an Eric Thames homerun.
With Felix’s 1-0 win over the Twins, he notched his 23rd career complete game and 9th shutout.
Relive these two (of many) Felix gems on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7:30pm.
World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced the provisional rosters submitted before the January 16th deadline by the 16 participating Baseball Federations in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Provisional rosters allow up to 28 players to be listed.
Included were 9 players who currently play in the Seattle Mariners organization, including four Major Leaguers and five minor leaguers:
Venezuela – Felix Hernandez
Canada – Michael Saunders
Italy – Alex Liddi, Brian Sweeney
Mexico – Oliver Perez
Netherlands – Kalian Sams
Brazil – Luiz Gohara, Pedro Okuda, Thyago Vieira
Each Federation must submit its final 28-man roster, including a minimum of 13 pitchers and two catchers, by February 20th.
The 2013 World Baseball Classic will be held in early March, with Pool A (Fukuoka, Japan) and Pool B (Taichung, Taiwan) beginning March 2. For a full schedule, and to follow all the WBC action, visit www.WorldBaseballClassic.com or follow on twitter via @WBCBaseball.
Although that night’s starter Kevin Millwood was throwing well, he left in the sixth inning with an injury. His teammates stepped up, and when it was over, five Mariners pitchers had matched Millwood’s form. Relievers Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen combined on the final three innings for the Mariners third no-hitter in the team’s 35-year history.
If the no-hitter was unusual, Felix’s perfecto was one for the record books.
It was a sunny Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field for the matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays, and Felix was on, thoroughly dominating the Rays. He went to a three-ball count on only three hitters (Ben Zobrist, Sam Fuld and Matt Joyce). B.J. Upton hit a hard grounder in the seventh that shortstop Brendan Ryan scooped up, getting Upton at first.
By then, the buzz in the ballpark and around town was building. Rays skipper Joe Maddon even tried to get in Felix’s head when he got tossed for arguing a called strike. It didn’t work. Felix finished off the Rays with 12 strikeouts for the first perfect game in Mariners history.
Relive the thrill of that amazing game, as well as the combined no-hitter on ROOT SPORTS on Monday at 7:30pm after a special two-part Mariners All Access–Tricks of the Trade starting at 6:30pm.
A DVD of Felix Hernandez’s perfect game is available beginning today in Seattle Mariners Team Stores.
The DVD includes the entire August 15th game against the Tampa Bay Rays, including the live post-game interview with Hernandez. The DVD gives viewers the option of listening to the radio play-by-play announcers Rick Rizzs and Ken Wilson (on 710 ESPN), or the television announcers, Dave Sims and Mike Blowers (on ROOT SPORTS).
Bonus features include an exclusive interview with Felix by Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs and a video music tribute to Felix’s perfect performance produced by ROOT SPORTS for their “Mariners All Access” program.
The Mariners first perfect game was only the 23rd in Major League Baseball history. In his dominant performance, Felix struck out 12 Tampa Bay Rays, winning the game 1-0.
The DVD, which is available in all Mariners Team Stores starting today, sells for $10 each. Mariners team stores are located at Safeco Field, downtown Seattle at 4th and Stewart, Bellevue Square, Southcenter Mall and Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood.
The off-season is off to a quick start for the Mariners with the club signing right-handed starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma to a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season (with an option for 2015) and re-signing left-handed reliever Oliver Perez to a one-year deal.
And to keep you excited about baseball, awards season is about to begin. You already know that Brendan Ryan won the Fielding Bible Award as the top defensive shortstop in baseball and was a finalist (along with 2B Dustin Ackley) for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, but more awards are about to be handed out.
Here’s the rundown of the MLB Awards schedule:
- Tonight (Monday): Players Choice Awards at 5pm PT on MLB Network
- Thursday, November 8: Silver Slugger Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
- Monday, November 12: Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
- Tuesday, November 13: Manager of the Year Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
- Wednesday, November 14: Cy Young Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
- Thursday, November 15: Most Valuable Player Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
This year marks the first time that the BBWAA Awards (ROY, MGR, Cy Young, MVP) will be presented live on television (MLB Network). Prior to BBWAA Awards Week, for the first time ever, the five finalists in each league for the MVP Award and the three AL and NL finalists for the Cy Young, Manager of the Year and Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year awards will be announced live during MLB Network’s BBWAA Awards Finalists Show this Wednesday, November 7 at 3pm PT. Tune in to see how King Felix fares in the American League Cy Young race.
The Humane Society of Seattle/King County brought a couple of adorable puppies to Safeco Field to do a photo shoot with Felix Hernandez. Felix brought along his best friend Charlie, an 18-month old English Bulldog.
The puppies, named Freya (the Norse Goddess of Love, Beauty and Destiny) and Thor (Norse God of Thunder) are from a shepherd/lab mix litter of 10. Two of the 10 have already been adopted, and six of their siblings are available now through the Humane Society website. Freya and Thor should be ready to find their forever homes by early next week.
Felix spent about an hour cuddling with the eight-week old puppies, posing for photos and recording a video public service announcement to encourage people to adopt a pet from the Humane Society.
Charlie, who weighs in at 65 pounds, is an easy going guy with a slight under-bite. He was very interested in the puppies, who didn’t seem especially interested in him. Felix says Charlie is a good dog, but he likes to chew on shoes and he snores in his sleep.
Although the puppies are named Freya and Thor, 710 ESPN’s Shannon Drayer, noted dog-lover (who just “happened” to be there for the photo shoot), suggested a good forever name for the pair would be No No and Perfecto. Not bad.
If you’d like more information about how to adopt Freya, or Thor and any of the hundreds of pets waiting to make your life complete, log onto www.SeattleHumane.org.