Batting practice for the Jackson (Tenn.) Generals ground to a halt yesterday afternoon, as Felix Hernandez closed in on his first career perfecto. The end of the game was played on the scoreboard, and the Mariners' AA affiliate gathered in left field to watch the final few pitches. When Sean Rodriguez went down looking, they erupted.
The Generals weren't even part of the Ms system when Hernandez was coming up in 2003-2005. Beyond the big league connection, why were they so excited? One Moises Hernandez, Felix's older brother, who has spent 10 years bouncing around the minors. He signed with the Mariners last year, and was there in Jackson watching his brother do something historic.