Portrait of the pitcher as a young man
“Once upon a time and a very good time it was a tiger coming down the road and this tiger met a nicens little boy named King Felix…”
5.0 – 3 – 2 – 1 – 2 – 4 – 0
Remember that line. Make it a locker combination, password or something. It’s momentous stuff.
81 pitches. 49 strikes (that’s 60%). And that’s with a Wendelstedt strike zone shrunk to the size of the womp rats I bull’s-eye here in Kentucky. I mean, for crying out loud, when I was 19 I was sleeping through my sophomore statistics class.
Using the USS Mariner super-computer I’ve found that the first mention of Felix Hernandez on this website came on June 23, 2003 in this minor league recap back when King Felix pitched in my former stomping grounds of Everett.
Seems it was just yesterday that Dave was telling me,
“Get used to hearing his name folks, because the MÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s absolutely love this kid. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been referred to as the best arm theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever signed internationally. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to baby him in Everett this year, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got a world of potential.”
That was over two years ago.
And yes, Dave’s House o’ Tarot will be open all week.