The Seattle Mariners are in last place in their division this year but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a reason to celebrate, on Wednesday, Mariners fans were treated to the second perfect game and third no-hitter at Safeco Field this season when Mariners ace Felix Hernandez shut down the Tampa Bay Rays. This is the 3rd time in the history of the Rays that they have had a perfect game thrown against them.
Hernandez is the the first pitcher in Mariners history to pitch a perfect game. “It was always in my mind, every game. ‘I need to throw a perfect game.’ For every pitcher I think it’s in their mind,” Hernandez told reporters. “Today it happened and it’s something special. I don’t have any words to explain this. This is pretty amazing. It doesn’t happen every day.”
“It was special. He had special stuff,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge told reporters. “But Felix is so consistently good that when he does take it up to another level which we’ve seen him do through the course of the year, you never know how it’s going to turn out.”
“It almost seems like a matter of time before this happens,” Seattle catcher John Jaso, who used to play for the Rays, was quoted as saying. “A little dribbler here or something it’s ruined, but his competitive attitude and competitive mind he brings out to the mound each time he pitches, you know you have a guy out there who is going to give you a chance to win.”