Felix Hernandez: “I Want to Pitch in The Playoffs”
The Venezuelan protagonist of the first perfect game of the Seattle Mariners and the number 23 in the history of major league baseball player was the most requested yesterday the planet. Photo sessions, autograph signings, among other commitments, the agenda took a clean sweep of the King, who departed a few minutes over the phone to reveal their next goals.
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Felix Hernandez went from a mortal to a god.
The Venezuelan protagonist of the first perfect game of the Seattle Mariners and the number 23 in the history of major league baseball player was the most requested yesterday the planet. Photo sessions, autograph signings, among other commitments, the agenda took a clean sweep of the King, who departed a few minutes over the phone to reveal their next goals. Quiet and with good humor enviable, the Carabobo, 26 years old, said that for him, the sky is the limit.
Félix Hernández of the Seattle Mariners on August 31, 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
After winning the Cy Young in 2010 and now get a perfect game, what is your next goal?
I want to pitch in the playoffs. Now I have that in mind. I’m sure that sooner or later will go to the playoffs with my Mariners. Winning a World Series ring would be a dream. That’s what I want it right now.
The Mariners this season occupy last place in the American League West, do you think you can play playoffs with Seattle anytime soon?
This team has a great future. We have very young players, but talented. I do not know when I’ll throw in a playoff with this team, but I’m going to accomplish.
Why are you so attached to Seattle and disregard it regularly switch teams?
I am very happy here and do not want to switch teams, but baseball is a business and do not know what will happen in the future. The interest of the Red Sox or any other team were just rumors. I am grateful to Seattle fans for their support. They are unconditional.
Do you feel you have the world at your feet?
Not at all. I’m very calm about what is happening, but also happy because I am achieving great things. But I still have a ways to go.
What did you do when you got home after throwing a perfect game?
Really, my mind was blank. I was in shock. Just thought of my family, I was away. I was a little sad because my wife and my children had flown to Venezuela that day. He was alone and it was a difficult time.
Congratulations you showered after your gem against Tampa Bay. What received more pleasure?
All were special. Knowing that I have so many friends and people I see is amazing. I am very happy.
How did you feel when Randy Johnson, an emblem in Seattle, congratulations?
Randy is my buddy. We are very good friends. From time to time we talk. He is a huge figure and those words I will never forget.
What has been the key to your great season?
All my pitches are working. My fastball, curve, slider and changeup are as ever. All fall where I want. That’s incredible.
Right now you’re at the top, but what has been the most difficult moment of your career in the majors?
The hardest thing I’ve experienced was the campaign of 2006, my first full in the majors. That year I learned many things. It was my worst season, which forced me to refine my mechanics details to become a better pitcher. I lived a very hard time I became the pitcher I am today.
We are around eight starts in 2012. Do you see yourself winning the Cy Young for the second time?
I always go out to win and give the best of me. I do not know what will happen in the end. Anything is possible. This is a very special year, but my priority is the Mariners win.