You can win 19 games, finish second in the American League Cy Young Award voting, sign a lucrative contract and be named the opening night starter for the Seattle Mariners - and still be a goof.
Felix Hernandez showed up in the Albuquerque clubhouse having somehow misplaced his game shoes. Bad packing, poor planning, pure forgetfulness, whatever.
Now some staff aces might sit out the afternoon stretch in a game they're not pitching in, especially given the footwear situation.
Not Felix. He suited up and took the field - wearing cream colored loafers. Yes, he took abuse. And yes, eventually a pair of cleats were found in his size and he took the outfield to shag.
No, money and fame has not changed young Mr. Hernandez.