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Commentary: ‘King Felix’ as loyal as his subjects

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The hype came first.

The rumblings could be heard from afar — from Venezuela, from Everett and San Antonio and Tacoma — of a mythical talent on the rise.

A Mariners minor-league pitching instructor, Pat Rice, saw Felix Hernandez throw at age 16 and wrote on his report that the kid — a high-school sophomore — had Hall of Fame talent.

Three avid baseball fans who had just started a Mariners blog called USS Mariner caught on to Hernandez’s burgeoning…

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