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TTLE -- The sounds of "K! K! K! K!" echoed throughout Safeco Field on Tuesday night at a deafening volume. With signs thrust into the air in cadence with the chants, the home of the Mariners better resembled a European soccer match.
It was truly a remarkable scene.
Clad in yellow shirts and holding placards adorned with the letter "K," 39,204 Mariner fans bounced, chanted and screamed in spirited support of Felix Hernandez as a part of the first ever Supreme Court. The Seattle ace normally takes the field with a couple hundred fans dressed in the special shirts in the left-field corner, an area of the stadium that is known as the King's Court. The celebration of Hernandez's perfect game on Aug. 15 expanded that section to the entire ballpark as he took the mound for the first time since he entered the history books.
"That's unbelievable, that's some crazy stuff right there," Hernandez said. "That's the best game I ever pitched in Safeco Field. In front of these guys, the crowd, it's unbelievable. They yelled, 'Felix, Felix.' I mean, that's something special."
"That was a great atmosphere," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "You talk about the fans showing up, and I thank them. I'll tell you what, it was electric out there tonight."
The fans did not miss a chance to let Hernandez know what he meant to them. Every two-strike count would produce the repeated chants of "K!" over the sea of yellow shirts. Even if an out was recorded that wasn't a strikeout, the crowd would erupt like it was the last out of a playoff game.
"Felix just means everything to this team and this city -- he's absolutely amazing," said Eric Sanford, a fan sitting in the King's Court section in left field.
As he exited the game with two outs in the eighth, Hernandez raised his cap to the fans and one more roar echoed throughout Safeco for the King.