Felix Hernandez will pitch against the A’s on Mother’s Day, fitting for the family man who’s tattooed the names and birthdates of his wife (Sandra), and his children (Mia and Jeremy) on the insides of his wrists, the better to remember them whilst pitching. And it’s also fitting because Felix is the A’s daddy: 36 career starts, 19-7, 2.64 ERA. That’s basically one complete Cy Young-level season against your biggest division rival.
But seriously, folks, Felix broke down in tears when he signed a new contract with Seattle in 2013, a contract that will likely keep him in the Emerald City until his playing days are over, or nearly. He described his loyalty to the city and fans in the same terms as family, and it’s nice to see such honest emotion in this era.
Here’s what Felix said after he signed the contract. “I don’t want to go anywhere else. I want to stay in Seattle. I love this place. This has been my life. This has been my family.”
Nicely said, Felix. Anyone who lives like that deserves to be called The King.
Happy Mother’s Day, everyone.
This post dedicated to June McPartland Kluepfel, of Yonkers, New York, who brought me into this world in 1964. Love ya, ma!