As one historic scene played out at Safeco Field in Seattle on Wednesday afternoon, an equally cool scene was playing out over 2,000 miles away at Pringles Park in Jackson, Tennessee.
That's where the Jackson Generals — the Seattle Mariners' Double-A affiliate — play their home games, and as Felix Hernandez inched closer to the 2-2 changeup that buckled Sean Rodriguez's knees and secured his place in history, members of their squad took a break from batting practice to watch it all unfold on the "General Vision" videoboard.
Here's their reaction courtesy of the Generals Youtube page:
If their genuinely jubilant reaction didn't give you goosebumps, I suggest you check your pulse. That was flat out awesome to see, and I thank the Generals for sharing that video with us.
Of course the Generals weren't the only ones celebrating Hernandez's big moment on Wednesday. As our own Dave Brown reported, players in their division rival Oakland A's clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City cheered loudly as home plate umpire Rob Drake registered the strike three call. And beyond them, you probably couldn't find one person in the game not associated with the Tampa Bay Rays that wasn't thrilled to see King Felix have that career-defining moment.
But what makes the celebration in Jackson so special, aside from the fact all of those players jumping up and down are striving to someday play at Safeco Field and potentially share a clubhouse with Hernandez, is that a man who has been a huge part of Hernandez's entire life was among those watching on. That's right, his 28-year-old brother, Moises, is right-handed reliever for Jackson, and we just witnessed how he witnessed his brother's greatest achievement in baseball.
It simply does not get any cooler than that.
Congratulations to the Hernandez family and to the entire Mariners organization.
Big BLS H/N: SB Nation