Félix Hernández's top four moments in Seattle
Power ranking the four best moments of Félix Hernández's career in Seattle
Félix Hernández will be inducted into the Mariner Hall of Fame tonight at T-Mobile Park, so I wanted to run through his greatest moments as a member of the Seattle Mariners. Enjoy, and long live the King.
4. Supreme Court is in session
In the start following his perfect game, the Mariners elected to put on a stadium-wide promotion that filled the entire stadium in yellow “King’s Court” shirts. In typical Félix fashion, he rose to the occasion. The Seattle ace rifled 7 2/3 with just one hit allowed in front of 39,000. Seeing 39,000 K cards jolting up and down before every pitch was an unforgettable moment in Hernández's career.
3. The Finale
The King of Seattle for 15 years, Hernández was given the ball one last time in September of 2019. By this point, he wasn’t the same pitcher he once was, no longer able to access the electric repertoire that once dominated the league. Shoulder issues and struggles were the story of his 2019 season, but was able to come back and pitch one last time in front of a packed T-Mobile Park. A huge catch by Dylan Moore was a memorable moment, but after 5 1/3 his night was over. As manager Scott Servais came out to grab him, the crowd rose to their feet. The emotional Hernández walked off the mound for the last time, an event that ended up turning into an all night celebration. Félix stayed well after the final out to celebrate and take photos with fans.
2. “This is my house!”
Hernández always showed great loyalty and took pride in being a Seattle Mariner. This was on full display in 2016 when the Seattle ace took the hill against the Toronto Blue Jays at T-Mobile Park. Blue Jays fans stormed the stadium just as they always do, but Félix took always exception to this in front of the “Kings Court.” Seven scoreless innings fired up the King, shouting “This is my house!” as he left the mound.
“He’s our guy! He’s the King! Felix Hernandez!”
He was indeed our guy, and this Dave Sims call will never leave my head. In a day that will go down in history, Hernández was perfect on a Sunday afternoon in Seattle. His perfecto was the 23rd in Major League history, and the first by a Seattle Mariner. It is one of the fondest moments of my baseball life, and the best game I have ever watched from a pitcher. Using his fastball, curveball, and power changeup, Félix struck out 12 Tampa Bay Rays on his way to history.