Saturday, October 23, 2010
Scott Feldman happy for teammates
By Jeff Caplan
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Scott Feldman was running around the Texas Rangers' clubhouse, champagne bottle in hand, spraying teammates and gloriously soaking up the bubbly.
Although, it's been a tough year for the right-hander who started this season No. 1 in the rotation, but ended it off the playoff roster, Feldman's smile could not have been wider.
"It's awesome. It's the first time I've ever gotten to experience something like this, so it's pretty cool, you know?" Feldman said. "It has been a tough personal year, but this is all everybody wants to do and what everybody set out to do at spring training."
Feldman had a breakout 2009 season, going 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA. He emerged as the Rangers' top starter and he signed a contract extension in the offseason. He entered spring training with designs of being the franchise's go-to pitcher. But, he struggled almost immediately and never seemed to be able to right himself. He finished the year 7-11 with a 5.48 ERA.
By August, he was relegated to the bullpen. In October, he was left off both the ALDS and ALCS rosters. Players not on the playoff roster still travel with the team and dress in uniform. He will again likely fulfill a support role off the mound as the team heads to its first World Series.
"Obviously, I wish that I was pitching in the playoffs, but I'm not," Feldman said. "I'm going to still enjoy it just as much. I'm so happy to be a part of this organization and so happy for all the guys I've been playing with for all these years, and just so proud of everybody for getting to this point."