OAKLAND -- When Mariners' ace Felix Hernandez mowed through the first 10 A's hitters he faced, John Jaso knew it was time to stop his pursuit of perfection.
Jaso knew what time it was because Hernandez gave him a gold Rolex watch before the game.
Last season, Jaso caught Hernandez' perfect game. He stopped him from obtaining a similar feat on Monday. Isn't it ironic?
"I guess you could say it's ironic," Jaso said with a smile. "I was going to get a hit. I wasn't going to let him get a perfect game."
The newest A's catcher didn't have a chance to speak with Hernandez after receiving the gift that bared the inscription "Perfect Game -- 8/15/12" on the back. He tipped his hat when he saw Hernadez on the field, and Hernandez offered a grin after Jaso's double in the fourth inning.
After the game Jaso said he wouldn't trade a piece of timely hitting for his newly acquired timepiece.
"The Rolex is going stay around for quite a while, so that was pretty nice" Jaso said. "I'll take the Rolex."
Hernandez ended up giving up just two more hits on the night. He threw 7 2/3 shutout innings against Jaso and the A's en route to a 2-0 Opening Day win.