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The Once and Future King
Posted By Alex Belth On August 31, 2005 @ 1:57 pm In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled
“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.
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URLs in this post:
 Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=250809112
 teenage dynamo: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/31/sports/baseball/31felix.html
 “King”: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/baseball/238749_felix31.html
 Felix Hernandez: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=7487
 Randy Johnson: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/mariners/2002460507_randy31.html
 Hernandez: http://www.waswatching.com/archives/2005/08/felix_hernandez.html
 Safeco: http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/seabpk.htm
 Baseball Tonight: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/bbtn/index
 U.S.S. Mariner: http://www.ussmariner.com
 1: http://ussmariner.com/?p=2843
 2: http://ussmariner.com/?p=2844
 3: http://ussmariner.com/?p=2860
 4: http://ussmariner.com/?p=2861
 5: http://ussmariner.com/?p=2865
 6: http://ussmariner.com/?p=2883
 7: http://ussmariner.com/?p=2905
 8: http://ussmariner.com/?p=2911
 9: http://ussmariner.com/?p=2919
 King Felix: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=4319
 Bill Simmons: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/050818
 David Schoenfield: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=schoenfield/050816
 Bert Blyleven: http://baseballanalysts.com/archives/2005/08/blyleven.php
 Johnson: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/gamelog?statsId=4288
 Johnson had against Roy Halladay: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=250429110
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