How King Felix's Perfect Game Lessens the Blow of Melky Cabrera's PED Suspension

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IAugust 16, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 15:  Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates after throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field on August 15, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Those who thought that Wednesday would just be another day of baseball could not have been more wrong. There is never "just another day" in Major League Baseball.

Welcome Felix Hernandez and Melky Cabrera.

After the baseball world watched their All-Star game MVP get suspended for the rest of the regular season, baseball fans rejoiced. King Hernandez took the mound in a mid-week matinee that would help baseball fans forget about the bruise that was given to the league just four hours prior.

All of the negativity that the day began with was forgotten about when Sean Rodriguez took a called third strike on the inside corner to complete King Felix's perfect afternoon.

A suspension that could have been another blemish on baseball was instantly nullified for the time being. The front-page story was suddenly pushed back to rejoice the 23rd perfect game in the history of the game.

The MLB recovers time and time again from the bumps in the road that they encounter. No matter who is suspended or what controversy ensues, the MLB finds a way to persevere. The greatness of the perfect game outweighs the suspension right now, whether right or wrong. 

King Felix's perfect game was the perfect remedy for Major League Baseball. Felix's perfect game did not come a week later but hours later, before many even were able to react substantially to the PED suspension of Cabrera.  

It was a class act Hernandez threw the game of his life. It could not have been any better. Hernandez made the Cabrera news a story that did not have the longevity it could've had on any other day. For Cabrera, the news could not have come at a better time.

Although the immediate blow has been lessened, the real impact will be felt as the fall approaches. 

It is inevitable that if the San Francisco Giants struggle to make the playoffs down the stretch, more fans will be talking about the fact that the Giants' MVP was suspended for PEDs rather than the perfect game that Felix threw for the last-place Mariners in mid-August. The two events taking place on the same day is remarkable—the best and worst that baseball has to offer in the same afternoon.

At the end of the day, Hernandez's story keeps Cabrera's suspension at bay because of the rarity that is the perfect game.

Wednesday was all about the history that King Felix made, because when push comes to shove, baseball is about the history created on the field.

And when it is competing with a story of cheating, there simply is no comparison as to which will win.