Hype nothing new to Seattle

Originally Published: August 31, 2005
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Nearly 23 years separate Randy Johnson and Felix Hernandez. But the gap in hype isn't quite as lopsided.

When Hernandez made his debut a month ago, one local paper ran his pitching line in a headline with type so large it wouldn't have been surprising to see a subhead running below it, "Bin Laden Captured." And Hernandez lost that game.

When he won his first game in Seattle with eight scoreless innings against Minnesota, a local columnist wrote, "He's the next Bob Gibson. The next Roger ...

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