An excited-sounding Felix Hernandez reached into his locker and pulled out the piece of paper.

On it was a "proclamation" signed by King County executive Dow Constantine. It declared that on Friday, King County would be known as "King Felix County" in honor of Hernandez's perfect game Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

"This is unbelievable, huh?" Hernandez said. "That's crazy. I love it, man, love it!

"See? I'm part of Seattle. I can't go anywhere."

Hernandez couldn't go anywhere during Thursday's off-day without seeing or hearing somebody talking about the perfect game. He estimated he'd had about 120 messages left on his cellphone along with about 300 missed calls in the hours after the game.

Among the callers: former teammates Freddy Garcia, Adrian Beltre, Raul Ibanez and Jose Vidro. Hernandez had gotten hold of his wife, Sandra, in Venezuela right after the game.

Later, he went home, flopped on his bed and told himself "I did it!"

Hernandez was honored on the field prior to Friday's game against the Twins. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik was on hand, along with team president Chuck Armstrong and CEO Howard Lincoln, to give him a framed photograph of Hernandez from the perfect-game aftermath with the words "The King of Perfection" on it.

Mariners catcher John Jaso said he'd had a calmer off-day than Hernandez, speaking mainly by phone to family members. But Jaso admitted he still hadn't come off the thrill of the game itself or his role in it.