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Felix Hernandez commits a no-no in near no-no

Sep 18, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

First, let’s focus on the good stuff. As you know, Felix Hernandez has dominated pretty much everyone he has faced this season, but entering last night’s action, he was 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in four starts against the first-place Rangers. No longer.

King Felix carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning in last night’s 2-1 victory over Texas. The no-hit bid was broken up by a screaming solo home run off the bat of Nelson Cruz to begin the top of the eighth inning. Hernandez would go on to allow just three hits over eight innings while striking out eight and walking just one. With the win, he improved to 12-11 with a 2.35 ERA on the year.

You’ll hear a lot about how this will boost his case for the American League Cy Young award — and I suppose that is true — but if you needed last night’s performance to tell you that he is deserving of the hardware, you’re probably doing it wrong. But hey, better late than never, right?

Okay, so why am I down on King Felix this morning? Well, unfortunately his brilliance on the mound doesn’t extend to his brain. Here’s what he told Kirby Arnold about Julio Borbon attempting to bunt during the sixth inning (!) of last night’s game.

“You shouldn’t do that,” Hernandez said. “Sixth inning and a guy is throwing a no-hitter, it’s disrespect.”

That’s right, Hernandez was offended by a bunt attempt during the sixth inning of a baseball game. I could find a place to defend him if we were talking about the ninth and perhaps the eighth, but geez, the sixth? That’s ridiculous. The Rangers had a ballgame to win, and if Derek Jeter has taught us anything, it’s that you try to get on base by all means necessary.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 18, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Boy, if he thought Julio Borbon was showing him disrespect, he must have felt like Nelson Cruz had climbed up a tree and peed on his head. I can’t figure out who suffers from a more grotesquely exaggerated sense of entitlement – Hernandez or Dallas Braden.

  2. Ditto65 - Sep 18, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Probably Braden. He has a mouth like the Energizer Bunny – keeps going and going and going…

  3. Proudly Canadian - Sep 18, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Braden seems like a bit of a head case, but since Hernandez is called King Felix, I have to say that he has a greater sense of entitlement.

  4. quint - Sep 18, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    I am not really sure Texas ‘had a ballgame to win’ seeing how they lead the AL West by like 32 games or something.
    But it doesn’t worry me, I wouldn’t have minded if Borbon had bunted 2 out in the 9th with Texas down 20 runs.

  5. Adenzeno - Sep 18, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    I do not understand this foolishness of people not liking batters bunting to break up a no hitter. The batter’s job is to get on base, anyway he can. If he can bunt for a hit, good for him.

  6. quint - Sep 18, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    Though actually, I think it is brilliance by Felix, since the Cy Young is about old school vs. the stats community and his case is the stats, he threw a bone to the writers saying to them ‘look, I am one of you’ (the writers would probably agree about bunting in no hit bids) and it will improve his support for the Cy Young…

  7. Ditto65 - Sep 18, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Good point – though I do not know the origins of the nickname (self-crowned or selected by the council of Princes).

  8. Wooden U Lykteneau - Sep 18, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Exactly. Curt Schilling made the same punk-@ss comment, ignoring that the tying run was in the on-deck circle.

  9. KevinDSeal - Sep 18, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    This. I think it was unintentional “brilliance,” but yes: this.

  10. John_Michael - Sep 18, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Premeditated post game politicing for a pitcher, purposeful pretext to postseason presentation of play-earned plaques and prize?

  11. APBA Guy - Sep 18, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Such Braden haters on this site :) More fun than the media-trained droids we hear too often in interviews. Besides, the “staff ace” has to be hyper-competitive. Look back at the personalities of recent top starters: Martinez, Schilling, Johnson, Clemens. Not saying Braden has that kind of talent, but he has the same personality make-up: very determined, very competitive, decent guy off the mound. We might exclude Clemens from the last point.

  12. Ditto65 - Sep 18, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Impressive alliteration.

  13. Ditto65 - Sep 18, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    If one’s talent does not match one’s rhetoric, than one is nothing but a blowhard ;-)

  14. RichardInBigD - Sep 18, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    So let me get this straight. Borbon attempts to break up the no-hitter with a bunt in the sixth. King Felix not only acknowledges the no-hitter out loud, but then proceeds to bitch about Borbon’s attempt to get on base. The following inning, he loses the no-hitter (in grand fashion). Hmmmm……

  15. Ari Collins - Sep 18, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Actually, it was two innings later. And I think he acknowledged the no-hitter in the post-game conference.

  16. bbeer - Sep 18, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    So…if a guy is good then he’s “cool” but if he’s not great he’s a “punk ass bitch”?

  17. Old Gator - Sep 18, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    “Getting the rhyme wrong,” I think Rita called it.

  18. Old Gator - Sep 18, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Johnson – Walter, Randy, Josh or Lyndon?

  19. skitchx48 - Sep 18, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Don.

  20. Old Gator - Sep 18, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Howard? Nietzsche says order arises out of chaos….
    .
    Free beer to whomever gets the comeback right! APBA Guy, you’d be in an actual position to collect if you won….

  21. Old Gator - Sep 18, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    And if Nelson Cruz was showing disrespect, the next two guys who got hits were being outright contemptuous. I’d shove their propeller beanies right up their touchases.

  22. Kiwicricket - Sep 18, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Oh dear Felix

  23. Old Gator - Sep 18, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    O felix culpa.

  24. BC - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Kevin Johnson. Always thought he was an underrated point guard. He could really light it up.

  25. BC - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    “Oh, blow it out your a$$, Howard.”
    Third best quote in the movie.
    The second: “Dang, that was lucky. Doggone near lost a four hundred dollar handcar.”
    The first: “Oh no, don’t do that, don’t do that. If you shoot him, you’ll just make him mad.”

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