A Post For A King

Dave · September 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

This season was horrible. You were better than ever.

Thanks for everything, Felix.

Oh, and Mr. Brown – the fans deserve a chance to say thanks on the last day of the season. One inning on Sunday won’t kill him. Let him have the standing ovation. It will be a good moment in a season that had none.


40 Responses to “A Post For A King”

  1. the tourist on September 28th, 2010 8:09 pm

    Hear, hear!

  2. kenshabby on September 28th, 2010 8:13 pm

    Indeed. Finally got to see my first Felix-pitched M’s game in person this year. A fine show it was.

  3. Westside guy on September 28th, 2010 8:14 pm

    And thanks too to Jack Zduriencik for locking Felix up prior to this crappy season!

  4. KDawg on September 28th, 2010 8:14 pm

    The rational, responsible side of me wants this to be Felix’s last start; however, the greedy, selfish side of me wants him to pitch one more game so I can watch him one more time this season.

    Either way, it was a pleasure to see him pitch this year!

  5. Holmes on September 28th, 2010 8:20 pm


  6. Medium richie on September 28th, 2010 8:37 pm

    I hope the voters see Felix’s value, but I’m not very sanguine about his chances after seeing the luddites on Baseball Tonight unanimously vote for CC. All of them cited his W/L record and an alleged tougher schedule for CC and Price. Even a cursory look at CC, Price and Felix’s performances shows this is complete nonsense. Against the four playoff bound AL teams and Boston (roughly toughest lineups), CC is 3-2 with 2 NDs, Price is 4-3 with 3 NDs, and Felix is 7-4 with 1 ND, and three of Felix’s four losses were against Texas. Against NYY, TB and Boston, Felix is 4-0.

  7. Gerald on September 28th, 2010 8:42 pm

    Ideally, they’d get Felix in there for a cheap win like they did way back when Randy Johnson got his first 20-win season. I think that would drive the point home.

    Too bad it would be nearly impossible for this team to build a huge lead after four innings.

  8. ClaytonMiles on September 28th, 2010 8:50 pm

    Dave’s suggestion would be a good move by the Mariners, if Felix doesn’t make his regular start.

    Sure innings are a real concern, and he could hurt his Cy Young resume with a bad start (Drayer said he could only “hurt his case”). But why not pitch one inning? That would be classy if he got a chance to be recognized.

    BTW – What bonus does Felix get for winning the Cy?

  9. littlesongs on September 28th, 2010 9:10 pm

    I loved Randy Johnson and Jamie Moyer, but Felix Hernandez is in his own league among Mariners.

    Few other Seattle pitchers have displayed such passion for the game and undying love for the team. Even in this excruciating season with our collective hair coming out in clumps, we could still savor each and every Felix start.

    He also deserves a whole lot of credit for growing from a promising young ace to a leader in such a short period of time. I hope that one day soon our King will have a goofy champagne soaked grin and a big soggy hug for all of his teammates.

  10. msb on September 28th, 2010 9:11 pm

    Can he start Fridays game too? It would be a throw day, and an ideal way to celebrate Fan Appreciation Day.

    I’d appreciate it, any way.

  11. henryv on September 28th, 2010 9:20 pm

    I have tickets for Sunday.

    He should pitch on 5 days rest, because… Fuck you David Pauley. I don’t want to see you pitch. Your parents would rather see Felix pitch. Hell, you’d rather see Felix pitch then you.

    What would be really sad is if the M’s didn’t pitch Felix on Sunday, and went on to lose their 100th game. Man, you’d totally feel like a dick, Daren. Don’t be a dick.

    (My apologies for this post. I had a rough day, and it would make my year if Felix pitched Sunday.)

  12. joser on September 28th, 2010 9:47 pm

    You know, I had zero interest in seeing the M’s on this weekend’s homestand. Not only is the season about as lost as any can be, they’re playing the team I least like to watch (or even root against): the A’s. I got the Mariners ticketing email yesterday and immediately deleted it with a rueful shake of my head.

    But if Felix is going to appear, even if it’s for one inning and an ovation, I may change my mind. It hadn’t occurred to me that Felix might pitch, and that changes everything. I’m not buying anything in advance, but if they announce him as the starter, even as a token, I may go down and buy a seat out in LF.

    You hear that, Mariners? There’s one way, one way, to get me to pay for a seat.

    Make it so.

  13. scottg02 on September 28th, 2010 10:00 pm

    I say let him pitch long enough to surpass Weaver (who will presumably lead him at that time) in strikeouts and let him leave to a standing ovation.

  14. tres_arboles on September 28th, 2010 10:02 pm

    You guys are effing drunk. Shut him down and keep him shut down until January. Repeat after me, “if he hasn’t already wrapped up the Cy Young, then it’s just not worth it…just not worth it.” Kid’s had enough.

  15. darthbuhner on September 28th, 2010 10:15 pm

    After watching Strasburg’s arm blow up this season, I’m hyper-paranoid about Felix’ arm. I think both Wak and Brown let him pitch too many innings in a season that was over for the Ms by mid-June. As much as I want him to win a Cy Young, I want more for him to have a long and successful career with the Ms, with many more chances to get the award he deserves this year, regardless of whether he pitches Sunday.

  16. jordan on September 28th, 2010 10:46 pm

    I don’t think Felix is ever going to have arm trouble. He hasn’t even had a hint of ANYTHING go wrong with his arm his entire career (if i’m not mistaken)

    I think a one inning outing would be more classy, and better to watch than a full start however.

  17. TripleAvery on September 28th, 2010 11:17 pm

    jordan – You’d better knock on a 34-inch piece of maple right now

    As for The King, I’d LOVE to see him come in for a save opportunity. He’d probably get a kick out of it too – to come out of the bullpen with a BA song on the PA and the explosion of the fans! Think JJ in ’07 but about twice as loud.

  18. hoser on September 28th, 2010 11:40 pm

    Felix missed over a month with arm trouble in 2007. You can read about it in Wikipedia.

  19. scott19 on September 29th, 2010 12:21 am

    In a season full of disappointments, how cool would it be to see Felix come out and throw a perfect ninth for his first major league save on Sunday — and help the M’s somehow avoid the 100-loss mark?! πŸ™‚

  20. Patrick on September 29th, 2010 12:43 am

    Felix pitching the 9th would be my favorite situation regarding him on Sunday. Winning or losing, it doesn’t matter, would be fun to see, and who knows, he could get a save. Felix getting a save would be ridiculously fun.

  21. Kris on September 29th, 2010 12:50 am

    Agreed w/Dave. One inning won’t do anything to his arm or his stats. Let him pitch the first and then come out very slowly and pull him before the first pitch of the second. And make sure he knows to walk slowly back to the dugout. Let the fans show their love for an unbelievable season for the King. And let him know how much it was appreciated.

  22. fiftyone on September 29th, 2010 1:02 am

    Y’all are dreamin’ too small again.

    Make Felix the starting DH, and then put him on the mound for the ninth so he can save the win he helped bring about with his eighth-inning three-run blast.

    Now THAT’s fan appreciation.

  23. Patrick on September 29th, 2010 1:38 am

    I don’t know about starting DH, but it would be hilarious to see him pinch hit late in the game. Get the based loaded then bring in the King.

  24. Duncan Idaho on September 29th, 2010 1:56 am

    My prescience directs me to inform you that on Sunday Felix will throw his first career no hitter.

  25. groundzero55 on September 29th, 2010 4:24 am

    I don’t know about starting DH, but it would be hilarious to see him pinch hit late in the game. Get the based loaded then bring in the King.

    He knows what to do with the bases loaded πŸ˜€

  26. MrZDevotee on September 29th, 2010 5:10 am

    I hearby pledge my allegiance to Jack Z, and the M’s, and the 2011 season, by promising to attend Sunday’s game…

    IF, and only if, Felix makes some sort of appearance– if even to walk out the lineup card before the game.

    He deserves my renewed dedication. Just being a Cy Young finalist, on this colossally bad team. And the funny thing is, first half of the season, he wasn’t even the best pitcher on his own team!? Yet he never let up, and only got better as the season progressed (much like last year).

    Thanks for what you did in 2010, Felix. I don’t want that to get lost in the huge pile of dog ____ we saw this year.

  27. Swungonandbelted on September 29th, 2010 6:02 am

    He knows what to do with the bases loaded πŸ˜€

    Thanks groundzero55, that made my morning. I think the best part of that clip is the grin on his face, and the wink he gives just after taking his helmet off.

  28. GoldenGutz on September 29th, 2010 6:09 am

    Hell get one out, I just want to see the King pitch on a day in which the season has been god awful. Let the fans get one more look at the best pitcher in the AL. Let him join an elite group in Mariners history by throwing 250 IP. If Felix has any say in the matter, he wants to throw the whole game.

    Let the man pitch whether it’s for one out or 7 innings. Let the man finish what he started.

  29. Ike Clanton on September 29th, 2010 6:17 am

    Put him in for the next save opportunity?

  30. StatisticallyInsignificant on September 29th, 2010 7:12 am

    Vivat Rex Felix!!

  31. Carson on September 29th, 2010 7:35 am

    Per Baker:

    “Definitely, I want to start one more game,” he said. “Oh yeah.”

    What about the team’s concerns about his mounting innings? He’s already pushing 490 combined over the last two seasons. Getting into red-zone territory there.

    “That’s not enough,” he replied. “That’s not enough. In this season, I’ve got one more start.”

    So, what if the team shuts him down now?

    “If they say ‘No more’ I’m going to go out there Sunday. I’m going to get ready and I’m going to go on the mound.”

    That probably settles it. Although, if he goes out and pitches knowing he needs X strikeouts and X innings of 0 run ball – does that put more risk on the arm?

  32. lubin_cuban23 on September 29th, 2010 8:01 am

    I say don’t get cute and shut him down. Maybe an inning. That is it!

  33. bilbo27 on September 29th, 2010 8:37 am

    I’m torn on that. Doesn’t Felix currently have a pretty ridiculously long streak of getting into the 7th inning? I’d hate to see that string snapped, just to see him for an inning. On the other hand, if they wanted to let him go for the sole purpose of racking up a couple strikeouts to surpass or tie Weaver, which should be very do-able in a couple innings if Felix is focusing on it, unless Weaver has an incredible game; then I’d be all for it. It seems like leading baseball in innings pitched, strikeouts, and ERA would pretty well lock the Cy Young award for him, even among the old school thinkers. As it stands, it looks like he’s got two of those locked. But I’d personally like to see him get the third too.

  34. just a fan on September 29th, 2010 10:13 am

    I would like to see the smooth delivery and laid-back demeanor one last time. It’s just too easy for the King. He’s a horse, he’ll be fine, let’s all go out on top.

  35. msfanmike on September 29th, 2010 11:32 am

    Ideally, the Mariners would have a lead after the 4th inning, Felix would enter for an inning or two and then end up with a “vulture” win. Lord knows he has had enough potential wins taken away from him, so why not get a cheap “W.” The little Leprechaun won the award with 15 wins last season for the Giants, so why not Felix with 14 wins. There are a lot of potential voters leaning toward the new metrics. Ideally, we would also find a way to get through this season and still end up with next years 2nd pick in the draft. Ending upwith either the best hitting prospect or the best pitching prospect is a good position to be in (from a draft perspective). Let’s not catch Baltimore, but let’s get Felix another “W” some kind of way.

  36. chimera on September 29th, 2010 12:09 pm

    That clip of Felix hitting a grandslam homerun was awesome. Gotta tip my hat to the King. πŸ˜‰

  37. Patrick on September 29th, 2010 1:00 pm

    He knows what to do with the bases loaded

    What do you think inspired my suggestion? πŸ˜‰

  38. MisterEd on September 29th, 2010 11:07 pm

    Sabathia had an unfair advantage over Felix–he got to face the Mariner’s offense 3 times!

    Felix got to face the Yankees 3 times!

  39. LongDistance on September 30th, 2010 12:30 am

    If they go down on the first two to Oakland, it would be nice to have him pitch the last one, not only just to have one last view of him this year… but because it’s their last best shot at not hitting 100 losses (minor detail, at this point… but…).

  40. bongo on September 30th, 2010 4:48 pm

    You could bring Felix out on Sunday to pitch to one batter, just for the ovation. More than that, I dunno.

    Felix was a beacon in a very, very dark season. Felix deserves some sort of recognition, if only for his lack of dispair with this historically pathetic offense.

    Mariners have scored 506 runs so far this year. Pirates have scored 571. (see
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/batting )

    ’62 Mets scored 617.

    Marv Throneberry: 244/306/426
    Casey Kotchman: 217/280/336

    If “Marvelous Marv” were on the 2010 Seattle Mariners, he would have the 3rd best OPS on the team (behind Russell Branyan and Ichiro).

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