Seattle Mariners rookie starting pitcher James Paxton dominated the Angels on Wednesday night. Paxton struck out eight Angels hitters, while giving up two earned runs, over six innings in the 0-5 Mariners loss. While the loss was frustrating, Seattle Mariners’ SB Nation blog LookoutLanding decided to take a look at what made Paxton so dominate…their conclusion was dadgut.
What exactly does this have to do with Felix Hernandez? We’ll let LL author Colin O’Keef show you:
For those of you who don’t remember, that’s from a glorious 2007 Seattle Mariners’ commercial introducing the City of Seattle to its new king, and his glorious dadgut.
While Hernandez has lost a lot of weight since his debut, his slightly pudgier(younger) self is always going to be remembered by Mariners fans; thanks to this commercial.
In the seven years sense that commercial Hernandez has won a Cy Young Award (2010), thrown a perfect game (2012), and signed a couple of extensions with the Mariners — despite the franchise’s lack of contention during the majority of his career.
Now the King is pitching in meaningful September baseball, and it is amazing.