Let me be the first person to say that $175 million is a lot of money for one player, especially one who only plays every five days. But with the news that Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners had finally come to an agreement on a contract, the city of Seattle isn't thinking about that quite yet. The Pacific Northwest faithful are feeling the euphoria knowing that Felix is theirs for a very long time, and that alone is enough to forget that general manager Jack Zduriencik just made Felix the highest-paid pitcher of all time.
With a contract that size, many people will wonder if Felix can ever do enough to truly live up to the money he will be receiving. It's tough to make the argument that any athlete has ever lived up to being the highest-paid ever, which is the title Felix holds now.
To outsiders and analysts, Felix will only be able to live up to this contract if he becomes one of the best pitchers to ever play the game. To them, awards and statistics are the only ways to measure success, and whether Felix will truly be a "wise" $25 million investment each of the next seven years.
But to the city of Seattle, Felix is so much more than numbers and statistics. He's more than just strikeouts, Cy Young Awards and perfect games, but that is just one of the reasons that he will live up to his new, record deal.
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