Tag: John Jaso

Felix Hernandez Gifts Ex-Teammate Rolex for Perfect Game, Then Strikes Him out

It’s really quite simple. Catch a perfect game: get a fancy watch. 

Susan Slusser, the San Francisco Chronicle‘s A’s beat writer, gives a baseball-mad world a beautiful moment that will restore your faith in humanity—or faith that ace pitchers can still have some class. 

Yes, that is Oakland A’s backstop John Jaso sporting some mighty expensive hardware on his wrist. It’s all thanks to a man who pitches for the enemy. 

Jaso may be playing for a division rival this season, but Felix Hernandez apparently never forgot the best game he ever pitched and the man who caught it. 

Back in August, Jaso and King Felix teamed up for a brilliant battery that would give the Mariners their first perfect game in franchise history. 

Fast-forward to this season and Hernandez is opening up the season in Oakland and is tasked with pitching against his old catcher. 

As CBS Sports reports, Hernandez giveth and then Hernandez taketh away, because the Mariners ace threw seven-plus innings, allowing just three hits and punching out eight in a Seattle 2-0 win. 

Not that Jaso was content to merely get a fancy Rolex on the day. He also managed to break up a no-hitter in the fourth inning:

Jaso, traded by the Mariners to their division rival during the offseason, popped out on the second pitch he saw in the first before his fourth-inning double. Then in the sixth, he struck out swinging to end a 10-pitch at-bat and 22-pitch inning for Hernandez.

About 90 minutes before first pitch, Hernandez had a Rolex watch delivered from a clubhouse employee to Jaso, quite the thank-you gift for his part in the ace right-hander’s perfecto.

“He broke up the no-hitter,” Hernandez said. “I was going to say, `Dude, what time is it?”‘

Sure, Jaso got a hit and a Rolex, but King Felix gets the last laugh with the win and a strikeout in the sixth. 

Felix Hernandez shows that he is pure class both on and off the bump. Not that Jaso will ever forget that magical game, but if he ever does, he can just check the time. 

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Oakland Athletics Starting Infield Predictions for 2013

After a busy offseason for the Oakland A’s, they will fight to retain their standing on top of the American League West.

During said offseason, the A’s have moved around a lot of infielders through addition and subtraction.

Gone are the days of Cliff Pennington at shortstop or second base, after he was traded to Arizona. Stephen Drew is gone as well after being the A’s shortstop down the stretch.  

Another trade split apart the solid first base platoon of Brandon Moss and Chris Carter with Carter being sent to Houston.

Brandon Inge also will not be back in Oakland this year.

With all the departing infielders, who will take their spots rather that be an everyday job or part-time platoon job?

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5 Big Offseason Seattle Mariners Questions That Still Need to Be Answered

There are always questions with the Seattle Mariners.

While other teams are readying for playoff runs in 2013, the Mariners faithful are left to wonder if their team will be competitive. After the weak hitting of the last few years, just being relevant would be nice.

Seattle missed out on Josh Hamilton, but moves are being made. Kendrys Morales is a solid addition, and perhaps Jason Bay will rediscover his power stroke with the Mariners.

Still, there are lingering questions that remain unanswered. This is a team that is definitively in progress, and there are multiple areas of weakness.

With that in mind, here are five big offseason Seattle Mariners questions that need to be answered.

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