Ryan Feltner, a Walsh Jesuit High School alumnus and former starting pitcher, realized a childhood dream when he took the mound at Progressive Field, the home of the Cleveland Guardians. Born and raised in Hudson, Ohio, Feltner’s journey from a local high school standout to the Major League Baseball (MLB) stage is a testament to hard work, dedication, and the pursuit of one’s dreams.
For Feltner, the opportunity to play on the same field where he once cheered for his hometown team was a surreal experience. Progressive Field, a place where he had spent countless hours as a fan, transformed into the stage for his professional debut against the Colorado Rockies.
“I’m so used to being in the stands here as a fan, but it was super cool,” Feltner shared with the Beacon Journal. “A lot of family and friends here, so it was great.” The significance of the moment was not lost on the young pitcher, as he reflected on the unique experience of transitioning from spectator to player on the iconic field.
Playing for the Colorado Rockies, Feltner faced the Guardians in a memorable early-season matchup. The outcome was a victory for Feltner and his team, as they secured a 5-1 win over the Guardians. The success on the field was undoubtedly special for Feltner, who had once envisioned himself in the same position as a young baseball enthusiast.
“It’s just kind of a speechless thing,” Feltner remarked about the experience. “Difficult to explain. I remember being here many times as a youngster, but not on the mound.” The magnitude of the moment, pitching on a professional level in his hometown, left Feltner in awe and served as a reminder of the journey he had undertaken to reach this point in his baseball career.
The connection between Feltner and the local community added another layer of significance to the event. As a Walsh Jesuit High School graduate, Feltner’s achievement resonated with those who had followed his progress from a promising high school player to a professional athlete.
For Feltner, the dream of playing in the Major Leagues had come full circle, bringing him back to the familiar grounds of Progressive Field, where he now stood as a contributor to the game he had always loved. The journey from the stands to the pitcher’s mound exemplified the realization of a lifelong aspiration and marked a proud moment for both Feltner and his supportive community.