‘Couldn’t do anything’: Walsh Jesuit grad Ryan Feltner on MLB game skull fracture.

Walsh Jesuit alumnus and former starting pitcher Ryan Feltner dreamed of playing Major League Baseball as a Hudson native.

He got to play on his dream field when the Colorado Rockies visited Progressive Field early in the season to play the Guardians.

“I'm so used to being in the stands here as a fan, but it was super cool,” Feltner told the Beacon Journal. "A lot of family and friends here, so it was great."

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Feltner stated, "It's just kind of a speechless thing." "Difficult to explain. I remember being here many times as a youngster, but not on the mound.”

Weeks later, his dream virtually disappeared. A 92-mph line ball back to the mound hit Feltner in the back of the head, fracturing his skull and concussing him against the Phillies. 

He discussed his return to the field on ABC's “Good Morning America” (WEWS, Channel 5).He pitched five scoreless innings in a loss to the San Diego Padres on Sept. 19. Returning to that point was difficult, he added. He stated “daily activities were pretty tough in the beginning”.

"I couldn't make breakfast or do anything for myself."He persevered despite the risk he may never play again. He remarked, “There's one of two ways it could have gone and I didn't want it to go negative. The incident broadened his outlook.

“I think one of the reasons I wanted to come back was for the story,” he remarked. “When you nearly can't play again. It changes things for you, and I'm grateful every day.”


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