📆 Saturday, August 12th • 6:40pm • Ceremony before the Seattle Mariners v. Baltimore Orioles game
📍 T-Mobile Park: 1250 1st Ave S, Seattle
📞 (206) 346-400
There have only been 24 perfect games in Major League Baseball, and one of them happened right here on August 12th, 2012, when Venezuelan pitcher Félix Hernández demolished the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field. Nine innings, nobody on base, a Seattle Mariners legend born. And nobody would pitch another perfect game until this June; an 11-year wait.
Félix was one of the youngest pitchers in the MLB when he was called up in 2005 at age 19. That’s what happens when you’re discovered at age 14 and signed at 16, which is some real Rookie of the Year type stuff. Over 14 years, he was in six All-Star games, won the 2010 Cy Young Award, and became a hometown hero. And on August 12th, the Seattle Mariners throws its biggest event this season to induct King Félix into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame, joining fellow greats such as Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Ichiro Suzuki, and Randy Johnson. Prepare for every living Mariners alum to be present, tearful speeches, collectible free shirts for the first 40,000 fans, and the comfort in knowing that, being in those stands, you are a part of history.
The ceremony will happen before the series’ second game against the Baltimore Orioles, who (at the time of this writing) sit atop the AL East standings just above the Tampa Bay Rays, so prepare for a hell of a bout once the festivities are over.
It’s also a full weekend of activities at T-Mobile Park in honor of King Félix:
⚾ Friday, August 11th, is Fireworks Night, so you can enjoy the Mariners sporting their Fridays-only City Connect jerseys (their best design in decades, IMO) then watch explosions go BOOM!
⚾ Sunday, August 13th, is your chance to grab a King Félix bobblehead (first 20,000 fans only)