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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

July 13, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Fired-up Felix savoring All-Star festivities

Few of the 66 All-Stars here in St. Louis are enjoying it more than Felix Hernandez, who is clearly pumped to be here. Perhaps the one downside is that his parents, who were going to attend, had visa problems leaving Venezuela.

“Then my dad was sick,” Hernandez said. “He said he’d come to Seattle later, and watch it on TV.”

But otherwise, it’s all been good for Felix, and he expects it to get better.

“The fun starts later,” he said, thinking ahead to the workout, Home Run Derby, and the game itself.

Of course, this could be just the start for Felix, who should make many more All-Star teams if his career progresses as it appears to be.

“I’m just a happy man,” he said. “I don’t know if there’s going to be many more. I just want to be part of this game and have fun.”

Hernandez added that “when I was 13 years old, I wanted to be part of this game. I wanted to be an All-Star. And now I’m here, and it’s awesome.”

Someone asked him which players he used to watch in the All-Star Game.

“Actually, I watched the Home Run Derby,” he said with a laugh. “I liked that more. And now I’m here, and it’s awesome.”

The Home Run Derby is going to start pretty soon, and I’m sure Felix will be watching with rapt attention. I’m doing a story for tomorrow’s paper that delves into his turnaround this season, and will feature some good quotes from a lot of the All-Stars on their impressions of Hernandez.

That’s called a tease. Right now, I have to stop blogging and start writing for the newspaper.

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