For Venezuelan Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela, it was a great moment to meet his compatriot and ace Mariners, Felix Hernandez, during the Colorado-Seattle series.
There is no doubt that any young pitcher would be honored to talk to Hernandez, winner of the Cy Young of the American League in 2010 and six times called to the All-Star Game. But Senzatela is from Valencia, the same hometown of Hernandez. However, at just 22 years of age, Senzatela had never met Hernandez.
But Hernandez, who is recovering from an injury to his right shoulder, had noticed Valencia’s new sensation pitcher. Senzatela (7-1 and 3.19 ERA) shares the National League lead in triumphs and is eighth in overall ERA. It turns out that “King Felix” was just as happy to meet the “Little Prince”, as the companions of Senzatela have nicknamed him to compare him with Hernandez.
“It was a dream come true – he’s my favorite pitcher,” Senzatela said. “I was pulling into a bullpen session while I was throwing on the field.” When he finished, he went to his dugout.
“I said, ‘Hello, this is Antonio.’ And he said, ‘You’ve done a great job, keep it up.’ ‘That gave me great joy.”