Sunday, October 31, 2010

Neftali Feliz, Bob Welch and Nolan Ryan

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22 year-old Neftali Feliz earned the first-ever World Series save for the Texas Rangers in their 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.

Feliz is mighty young for having such a pressure-packed responsibility in such a big stage.

In fact, according to the Elias Sports Bureau--

Feliz (age 22 years, 181 days) is two months younger than Nolan Ryan was when Ryan notched a save for the Mets in Game Three of the 1969 World Series. So now Feliz, and not Ryan, is the second-youngest pitcher ever to earn a save in a World Series game. Bob Welch was 21 years old when he struck out the Yankees' Reggie Jackson to save Game Two of the 1978 World Series for the Dodgers.

I'm sure Ryan (Feliz' boss) didn't mind being bumped by his young closer in the record books. Not at all.

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