I am very glad that the Texas Rangers pulled out the victory last night over the Cardinals. As a result, I have had this stuck in my head most of the day.
The video above is when Nolan Ryan hit Robin Ventura with a pitch. The 26-year-old Robin Ventura charged the mound against the 46-year-old Nolan Ryan. Nolan Ryan promptly put him in a headlock and beat the snot out of him. This same Nolan Ryan is now the president of the Texas Rangers. Here is a picture of Nolan Ryan with president George W. Bush.
I’m fairly certain that Nolan Ryan could still hold his own in a bench-clearing brawl. I loved watching Nolan Ryan pitch as a kid. He had the best fastball ever, and he was as tough as nails.
Top Three Reasons Why I’m Cheering for the Texas Rangers
The Cubs/Cardinals rivalry is the most significant rivalry in my sports allegiances.
There is no situation in which I would cheer for the Cardinals. It is a friendly rivalry though. Unlike Yankees/Red Sox fans, I can have friendships with many Cardinals fans. There are many Cardinals fans I like, especially my in-laws. But I don’t want them to have the satisfaction of another World Series win before the Cubs get one.
2. Josh Hamilton
Classy guy. Classy player.
3. Nolan Ryan
Tough-as-nails. Knows the baseball code. Made the Texas Rangers a perennial contender.
Until later friends…