The baseball schedule really did Reds pitcher Scott Feldman a favor this year for Mother's Day. This weekend, Cincinnati is playing the Giants, and Feldman is a Bay Area native who grew up nearby in Burlingame, Calif.
That means Feldman will get to spend part of Mother's Day with his mom, Joyce.
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"Last year, she came out to Houston when I was there and they had all the moms throw out ceremonial first pitches. That was cool," Feldman said. "This year, I'll be right there where we all live. She will come to the game, probably her and my sister and my sister's kids. I'm actually staying there Monday for the off-day. We'll probably get some dinner with all of them on Mother's Day. It works out nice."
When Feldman was a young ballplayer, Joyce played a key role that shouldn't be overlooked.
"My Dad was more hands-on with the baseball stuff. But my Dad was working and she always took me to practice, picked me up and took me to games," Feldman said. "She watched a lot of games, probably way more than she ever wanted to. I think she actually enjoys watching baseball a lot more than she used to. She's very important to me."
Joyce will have the chance to see another game at AT&T Park since Feldman is scheduled to face the Giants on Friday night.
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.