Midview High School’s Ryan Feierabend ’03 had his baseball jersey officially retired during a ceremony prior to the Middies’ regular season finale against North Olmsted High School on Friday (May 14) afternoon.
Feierabend, a 2013 Midview Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, joined a very exclusive club, as former Basketball standout Anthony Stacey ’95 is the only other Midview student-athlete to have his jersey retired. That took place in 2002.
Midview Athletics Director Dan May and Midview Head Baseball Coach Ryan Morgan reminded the crowd filled with friends, family and former teammates, how dominant Feierabend was during his days as a Middie as well as the highlights of his 17-year and counting professional baseball career.
Feierabend’s two children Trey and Sienna then assisted a pair of Midview seniors in unveiling his No. 11 on the right-center field fence. In addition, more seniors bestowed him with his actual Midview Blue No. 11 uniform in a frame to commemorate the achievement. Feierabend and his children then threw out ceremonial first pitches before taking pictures with all of his supporters to cap off the historic event.
The ceremony was originally scheduled as a surprise on May 1, but rains forced its postponement twice before the weather finally cooperated this afternoon. Feierabend's wife Sarah played a key role in making sure his family and friends could be there to witness the occasion.
Midview, fulled by the inspiration, went on to defeat North Olmsted 11-1 in five innings.
Feierabend had a historic career with the Middies. He led them to three straight league titles and a district finals appearance. As a senior, he earned Conference Player of the Year and All-Ohio honors. The left-hander finished his career with an impressive 23 wins, 347 strikeouts, and a 1.55 ERA.
Feierabend was drafted in the third round of the 2003 draft by Seattle, and rose through their system, making his major league debut three years later. He recorded his first major league win in 2007. In 2008, he was the Mariners AAA “Pitcher of the Year”.
Feierabend has spent 17 years in professional baseball, including stops at the major league level with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays. He has also pitched overseas in the Korean and Chinese professional baseball leagues.
Earlier this spring, Feierabend decided to come home to Lorain County and signed with the Lake Erie Crushers. It will be a great opportunity for him to not only pitch in front of family, friends and his community but also mentor the younger players in the organization.
Beyond baseball, Feierabend has proven to be a valuable member of the Midview community. Midview is very thankful that has continued to support Midview Baseball in any way that he can.