Doug Mathis -- The Rookie
Mathis may just be a rookie, but he carries some of the biggest responsibilities.
He takes two bags with him to the bullpen every day. One is a pink Dora the Explorer bag filled with protein bars, snacks and other supplies needed to pass the time in the bullpen.
If he doesn't come through, Mathis will receive his fair share of grief.
"We were out of protein bars one day," Mathis said. "C.J. [Wilson] eats protein bars every game in about the fifth inning. One day I forgot to restock it, and I got yelled at. I like to stay on top of it."
- Eric Nadel and Dave Barnett - the Rangers radio broadcasting team - gave listeners a quick tutorial on the proper pronunciation of Feliz's first name [the syllables are all evenly stressed (sort of like Ichiro's name): Nef-Tuh-Lee...not Nef-TALL-Ee]
- The aforementioned C.J. Wilson gives Feliz a nickname in another Twitter post:
welcoming Mr. Happy to the bullpen, and the major leagues. Got to hang a bit with him in spring training
- Feliz is brought in to pitch in the sixth inning. He pitches two perfect innings including striking out the first four batters he faced [a fete that hasn't been achieved by a major leaguer in their first appearance sine 1962].
On a positive note the mr. Happy era has begun...feliz is fo real folks