In what some believe was a stunning decision, the Seattle Mariners’ starting pitcher Felix Hernandez won the American League Cy Young Award with a 13-12 record. People had been talking about him winning the award, but many were worried about the voters focusing too much on win-loss records, which proved to be incorrect as he overwhelmingly won the award yesterday. Hernandez didn’t pitch in the postseason, nor did he pitch for a team that even had a chance to make the playoffs, but if you had watched any of the games he pitched in you would have seen how dominant of a pitcher he really is.
One could argue that with the Mariners hopelessly out of playoff contention virtually all season, Hernandez never had to pitch under the same pressure as Sabathia and Price had to with their teams vying for the postseason, but Felix had his own pressure to deal with. The likelihood that his team, game in and game out, would supply him run support was virtually impossible because they were inept at the plate. But time and time again when his name was called to step onto the mound, Hernandez performed incredibly well and ended the season with a league-leading 2.27 ERA and 232 K’s, just one behind the AL’s strikeout leader, Jered Weaver. In the 12 losses he had during the season, the Mariners supplied him with a grand total of seven runs of support. No longer will the pitcher with the best record on the best team win the Cy Young Award, rather the pitcher who had the best season. What an interesting concept!
Felix Hernandez joined KJR in Seattle to talk about how he felt after he heard the news that he won the Cy Young Award, whether he thought he was going to win the Cy Young Award, and how he is going to celebrate winning the Cy Young.
How he felt after he heard the news that he won the Cy Young Award:
“Oh man, my feelings are so happy and I am so excited about this. My first reaction was crying. My wife was jumping on me, my whole family was jumping. There were a lot of gentlemen here. I mean it was exciting. It was a great moment for us.”
Who was with him when he received the news:
“My wife, my mom, my brother, my dad, I mean my whole family. My friends. I just got here in Venezuela today from Seattle.”
What it meant to be at home with his family to celebrate the Cy Young Award:
“I mean it means a lot because I don’t see my mom for eight months, nine months and then I see them today. My dad sometimes flies to the U.S. to watch me play, my brothers, its like being home around family, it’s a great moment. I am very appreciative and very exciting about this and about everything man, everything.”
Whether he thought he was going to win the Cy Young Award:
“No, I was like I have got a chance because I had great numbers but I was like I don’t got a lot of wins and C.C.’s got 21 wins, and then I was not paying a lot of attention to that but my wife always told me, ‘You are going to get it. You are going to get it, believe me you are going to get it…’”
How he is going to celebrate winning the Cy Young:
“I don’t know. I don’t know yet. I don’t know, I mean I don’t have any plans. I am going to be here with my family and I am going to have a good time. Have some fun here in the house.”
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