Felix Hernandez was in Venezuela, about to come to spring training, and wanted his haircut to be something different.
The cut kept his hair full in front, those close cropped but, down the back of his head and neck, shaved down to a single strip of hair. What was the cut called?
"A fade mohawk?" Felix asked.
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Someone said maybe it was a 'faux mohawk,' and Hernandez nodded, agreeing with that description to. Then someone suggested the Fe-hawk, and that megawatt smile dazzled.
"I like the sound of that, the fe-hawk," said the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner.
Asked about non-hair matters, Felix talked about the return of Erik Bedard, who had more lucrative offers than the one he accepted to pitch in Seattle.
"I talked to him all last year, and he told me he was coming back," Hernandez said.
Bedard walked to his cubicle near Felix's, overheard the conversation and smiled.
"Felix is the reason I'm back," he said. "He hd the influence to get me an offer."
"I'm comfortable here, I love the staff, the players, the city, the fans," Bedard said. "Felix is a close friend, but in the end I couldn't see playing somewhere else. "
"Erik is one of the best in the game when he's healthy, and he's healthy," said Felix. "We play ping-pong a lot and he always beats me. He's pretty good at ping-pong."
And as for that haircut?
"I like it," Felix said. "But if I lose one game with it, it's over."