“I don’t think we’re talking about poise here…I think we’re talking about a 97-miles-per-hour fastball and a curveball from hell.” Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire
Tonight gives an extremely compelling pitching match-up in Seattle. If you root for the M’s I’m sure that there are precious few games you’d like to see your team win more than this one. Seattle’s teenage dynamo “King” Felix Hernandez squares off against one of the league’s best offenses, while thier erswhile ace Randy Johnson pitches for New York. I do not get the MLB TV package or Direct TV so I have not seen Hernandez pitch yet. Better still, I haven’t even seen highlights of him, just still photographs. Hernandez has a round, open face, and apparently poise to spare along with incredible stuff. He’s what they’d call “the Emmis” back in the old country.* All I know is what I’ve read, and that’s plenty to keep me up to see what the fuss is about. Pitching against the Yankees is sure to bring ‘em out to Safeco and have the boys at Baseball Tonight salivating.
For obvious reasons, nobody has followed Hernandez’s rookie campaign as closely or as passionately as the good folks over at the U.S.S. Mariner (here is a selection of posts for you to peruse: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). There have also been King Felix pieces by Bill Simmons, David Schoenfield, and commentary from Bert Blyleven.
I expect this to be a close game and figure that Johnson will be sharp. Perhaps it will be a crisp pitcher’s duel like the one Johnson had against Roy Halladay earlier this season. It is an exciting game for the M’s but an even more important one for the Yankees.
* Emmis is the Yiddish word for “the truth.”
That is all.