Felix Hernandez gives John Jaso a Rolex for catching his perfect game last year

John Jaso broke up King Felix's Opening Day no-no, but still gets a Rolex

4/2/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5134 respect

Blog Photo - Felix Hernandez gives John Jaso a Rolex for catching his perfect game last yearLast year, Felix Hernandez made history, throwing a perfect game on August 15 against the Rays.

This year, he had a no hitter going in the 4th inning on Opening Day against the Athletics, when catcher John Jaso broke it up with a double to center field.

That's a pretty ungrateful move by Jaso, who had just received a Rolex from King Felix before a game.

To be fair, Jaso was just doing his job, and I'm sure his teammates appreciated it. Just like Felix appreciated the way Jaso did his job on August 15, when he was behind the plate for Felix's perfect game.

And that explains the Rolex. Jaso was traded from the Mariners to the Athletics in the offseason, but Hernandez still wanted to show his appreciation for his former teammate, and had the Rolex delivered to Jaso before the game.

It was a great move by Hernandez, who definitely showed some love for his former battery-mate:
"He was pretty excited. He's a great guy. I had to do something for him."

Jaso was obviously thrilled with the gesture:
"Getting to be a part of it is way bigger than this, but this is definitely a really nice gesture. He really didn't have to. I was really just happy with being behind the plate. He came through."

He also joked that he was far happier with the watch than a fastball in the back.

In hindsight, that might have been a better idea for Felix. Ok, maybe not, but Jaso's hit was one of only 3 given up by Hernandez in 7 2/3 innings. It's a great story by a great pitcher, and a great way to start the season for the Mariners.
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4/2/13   |   Pat   |   5134 respect

Eric_ wrote:
It feels like the 4th inning is too early to say a no-hitter was broken up. Otherwise, nice story.

That part may have been slightly tongue-in-cheek.

4/2/13   |   Jess   |   32813 respect

Eric_ wrote:
It feels like the 4th inning is too early to say a no-hitter was broken up. Otherwise, nice story.

Tell that to the M's fans on my twitter timeline indecision

4/2/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

It feels like the 4th inning is too early to say a no-hitter was broken up. Otherwise, nice story.

4/2/13   |   Jess   |   32813 respect

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