The King and Kuma ~ All Stars

Thanks to the Mariners and Larry Stone for helping us feel like we were there 🙂


Felix pitching, Kuma cheering | Larry Stone

Felix Hernandez brought a special guest to his All-Star media session today at Citi Field in New York– son Jeremy, age 4, who seemed to enjoy listening to his dad field questions in both English and Spanish, and even tackling one briefly in Japanese before giving up. “I’m always arguing around with Kuma, so I know a lot of words,” he said.

Hernandez also brought his wife and 7-year-old daughter Mia with him, and his parents flew to New York from Venezuela yesterday. The Hernandez family and Hisashi Iwakuma flew out of Seattle yesterday on a private jet accompanied by Mike Trout of the Angels, but Felix said they didn’t rub in Seattle’s three-game sweep of the Angels.

“We just talked about something else, we didn’t talk about that,” Hernandez said.

Said Iwakuuma, through interpreter Antony Suzuki, another passenger on the plane: “It was quite an experience. I’ve never had the opportunity to fly with an opponent in the past. It was a good experience. You find out what kind of a guy he is with all the talent he has.”


Iwakuma acknowledged he was disappointed to be out of action but said he’ll be a cheerleader for the American League.

“It’s very unfortunate to not be able to pitch,” he said, “but at the same time you want to take advantage of each moment being here, being an All-Star, being with all this talent. This is a special moment for me.”







Congratulations to the American League on their 3-0 victory




Congratulations to Mariano Rivera on a distinguished career that has transcended all cities, all sports . . .