Tip-Off for 8/16/12 (featuring Run DMC): Felix Hernandez’s perfect game saves an otherwise dark day for baseball

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Felix Hernandez faced 27 batters and sent 27 back to the dug out. Twelve went courtesy of an off-speed pitch that had Tampa Bay Ray batters shaking their heads. King Felix would treat Mariners fans to the 23rd perfect game in MLB history. The third perfect game in a season that has already seen six no-hitters.

Speaking of head shaking, the news that All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera tested positive for excessive testosterone in his system puts another mark on the game.

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Yes! Starbucks for life!!!

The only way I can catch Felix Hernandez on the hill is when they’re featured on ESPN or Fox (which never happens) or if they’re in the postseason (which hasn’t happened in a few years).

Or when there is a cut-away from ESPN programming to tune in to a perfect game in progress.

Hernandez had the energy of a guy fresh out of the bullpen as he faced batter #25. Every pitch ending with the popping of the catchers mit and the crazed anticipation of Mariner fans who were witnessing the rarest of gems. Hernandez’s fastball jumped from 92 m.p.h. in the early innings to 94 m.p.h. in innings 7-9, setting Ray batters up for his off-speed out pitch.

His 113th pitch, a 92 m.p.h. changeup left Sean Rodriguez caught in a freeze frame and a part of history. Hernandez’s body was caught somewhere between euphoria and a high kick as teammates greeted him at the mound.

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Was Cabrera taking testosterone looking to cash in this winter?

Bud Selig is the commissioner of a league run amuck when it comes to performance enhancing drugs. Last season it was National League MVP Ryan Braun who was let off the hook on a technicality. Now All-Star Game MVP and possible National League MVP candidate Melky Cabrera has tested positive for excessive testosterone. The San Francisco Giants outfielder has not denied the use and will begin serving his 50-game suspension immediately. At the time of his suspension, Cabrera was leading the National League in hits (159) and was second in batting average (.346). Cabrera, who becomes a free agent after this season would be eligible after the fifth game of the playoffs, provided the Giants make it to the post season.

The Lineup:

Seven Americans among casualties of helicopter crash in Afghanistan (CNN).

Chad Johnson needs to let this go (In Flex We Trust).

Vikings Christian Ponder has big goals for this season (NFL.com).

Plane leaving from NY to Moscow has emergency landing due to bomb threat (In Flex We Trust).

Doug Collins welcomes the opportunity to work with Andrew Bynum (NBA.com).

A look inside Brownsville, Brooklyn (In Flex We Trust).

How the Houston Rockets deep sixed their season (NBA Daily).

Philly gives Andrew Bynum a champions welcome (Pro Basketball Talk).

President Obama ahead in Pennsylvania (Talking Points Memo).

It isn’t the Dream Shake but I guess it works for him (NBA.com).



One Response to “Tip-Off for 8/16/12 (featuring Run DMC): Felix Hernandez’s perfect game saves an otherwise dark day for baseball”

  1. michelle says:

    I saw it!!!!! King Felix is awesome!!! I have my money on Price for the AL Cy Young this year. However, the King as usual is in the conversation for the CY.