Flashback: 5 great pics of young King Felix


After 95 victories, more than 1,400 strikeouts, a Cy Young Award and scores of devoted fans, Felix Hernandez went perfect on us Wednesday afternoon, allowing no Tampa Bay Rays to reach base in a 1-0 Seattle Mariners win.

Such domination -- or at least something close -- seems almost a given each time Hernandez takes the mound, and has for years. But there was a time, back before he turned into one of the league's most reliably spectacular starters, that King Felix was merely, ahem, a prince.

Here are five great photos from back then, back in 2004 and 2005, before Seattle and the rest of us knew what he'd be.