Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/23/13
Does it get any better? If you ask most knowledgeable sports fans, they will tell you there is no more loyalty in sports. These professional sports were once considered games, but have turned into businesses which focus on the bottom line more than entertaining the people responsible for that bottom line. Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners did something last week that goes against this unfortunate trend in sports. By locking up Hernandez for the next 7 years, the Mariners effectively made King Felix a Mariner for life – a feat hardly achieved nowadays for ANY team. The deal tacked on 5 years to Hernandez’s current contract, totaling 7 years, $175 million. ALL of that money is guaranteed. I repeat…ALL of it is guaranteed. While most people will concentrate on those terms alone, what is going to be passed over by most is the fact that this deal wouldn’t get done without a special incentive for King Felix. There will be no private jets, no suites at the stadium, no new car or hou...
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