For the record, Felix heater > Seattle heat
Just a quick follow up on the question posted in the blog earlier this week asking you what you thought would be greater: Felix Hernandez' fastest fastball during his Wednesday start against the Rays, or Seattle's high temperature on Friday, originally forecast to be the hottest day of the week.
About 67% of you voted Felix would win -- a number that vastly increased, by the way, from about 50/50 once he finished the perfect game.
And 67% of you would be correct.
Of course, things didn't quite go according to plan (not that anyone's complaining). Felix's fastball -- typically in the 92-94 mph range -- was hopping, topping out at 96 mph -- although many credited his dazzling breaking ball that afternoon for really keeping the hitters off balance.
Seattle's heat, on the other hand, fizzled a bit as after reaching 94 degrees on Thursday, the temperature faded to a high of 91 degrees on Friday.
So in the end, it wasn't even close, but I think we were all rooting for Felix to win this battle anyway. (Well, most of us. I did hear from quite a few who are sad the 90s are done.)
The question now is: Do I dare post another poll on Felix's next start, this Tuesday against Cleveland? Hey, every time I've tied Felix's start to a weather poll, he's pitched a perfect game. Sometimes, athletes won't chance socks or underwear during a streak, maybe we need to keep a weather poll going until, you know, Felix does something drastic like give up a hit.
Only with Seattle's heat wave long gone, maybe we have to go the opposite route -- will Seattle's high temperature Tuesday be greater than Felix's slowest pitch? Probably as Seattle's highs are expected to be in Jamie Moyer territory, but superstition is superstition!