Felix Hernandez's Perfect Game: King for a Day, but a Moment for All Eternity

Thomas HolmesCorrespondent IIIAugust 16, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 15:  Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners was dowsed with water after throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field on August 15, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Just prior to the Seattle Mariners' game versus the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, I published an article outlining five reasonable goals for the M's to shoot for over the remaining weeks of the season with the hopes that a few of them might prove attainable by October.

However, one goal seemed a bit ambitious; so much so that I didn't encourage anyone to bet on it actually happening.

It not only happened, but it exceeded even my wildest expectations given the performance and how quickly it happened.

Felix Hernandez's perfect game on Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field is a moment that Mariners fans can savour for today given they have been waiting all season for something to celebrate. 

In many ways, it was the perfect boost for an organization that is still in search of an identity, especially with the face of the franchise now playing for the Yankees.

Perhaps it's way too soon to call this a turning point, but watching Felix mature from teen phenom to someone capable of saying, "Guys, I've got this and I will carry you with me!" means a lot. 

It says that Felix is very much the heart and soul of the Mariners in more than name alone—something that could not always be said of Ichiro Suzuki. In fairness to Felix, he's been doing this for years now, but he's really carried the weight as a badge of honor this season.

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The Mariners, in case you haven't already noticed, are a work in progress; it just sometimes seems hard to see that progress.   

In a way, it seemed fitting that on the day that Felix achieved perfection, the Mariners would only provide him a single run in support. It just shows how far the team still has to go, but at the same time, that small cushion seemed to fuel Felix to keep going. 

Deep down, he knew it was up to him, and he delivered in full.

Whatever happens next with both Felix and the Mariners remains a mystery, but nothing can take away what happened on a beautiful, sunny Wednesday afternoon in August at the ballpark. 

Enjoy it Mariners fans, you deserve it.      

Oh, and one last note: I suppose now with a perfect game added to his resume this year, Felix's case for a Cy Young will certainly gain some traction, right? I still think it might be tough, but he certainly found a good way of getting everyone's attention.