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Rangers Won’t Play Video of Nolan Ryan Beating Up Robin Ventura When White Sox are in Town

Nolan Ryan threw seven no-hitters in his career, struck out more batters than any pitcher in history, and was an eight-time All-Star. But the best highlight of his career didn’t have to do with pitching. Nope, the Ryan Express’ greatest moment as a pro was beating the crap out of Robin Ventura after the third baseman charged the mound.

The Rangers apparently play that video clip prior to home games to get the fans pumped. Rangers president Nolan Ryan says they probably won’t play the clip when the White Sox are visiting, now that Ventura is the team’s manager.

“Well, I think out of fairness to Robin and out of respect to him, I think we probably shouldn’t show that when he’s in town,” Ryan said on 103.3 FM in Dallas.

Well that’s a darn shame. Is it Ryan’s fault that Ventura decided to make a late charge to the mound? If you’re going to charge and get your head pounded, you better be prepared to face the embarrassment the rest of your life.

The Rangers respectfully may not show the video clip when the Sox are in town, but that doesn’t mean we won’t. Cue the awesomeness:

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Nolan Ryan, Rangers Providing Parking Refund for Overcharged Fans

When the new Texas Rangers ownership took over, their goal was to follow the Arte Moreno model of fan-friendliness and a family environment at the ballpark. Much like Moreno, their first step was to cut beer prices and parking. As much as I can’t stand the Rangers, I have to recognize and applaud Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan for doing right by the fans, just like I did with Moreno.

SI Hot Clicks informed us that the Rangers raised parking prices from $10 to $15 around the ballpark for the ALCS. There was negative backlash from the fans as you could imagine, so Nolan Ryan decided to step in and order the prices go back to $10. Additionally, he took the extra step of saying the team would refund fans who spent $15 to park in Game 1 of the ALCS.

In a day where we’re hearing parking prices around Fenway Park could rise to $40 and the Cleveland Browns are charging fans to walk into a parking lot to tailgate, any action that is fan-friendly will be applauded. I hope other teams can take a cue from Ryan’s actions and realize the goodwill established with your fans will be greatly publicized when you do something right.

Maybe Ron Washington Should Have Brought Nolan Ryan in From the Pen

Nolan Ryan may be 63 years old, but the fireballin’ Texan can still bring it. The Rangers’ minority owner threw out the first pitch before Game 1 of the ALCS in Arlington and entertained the fans with his scowl and classic high leg kick. Oh yeah, he also brought the heat:

With Ron Washington running out of arms in the 8th inning, I was wondering if he was going to bring Ryan in from the front row. It couldn’t have been worse than some of the other arms he ran out there.

Nolan Ryan Whipping the Rangers’ Young Pitchers into Shape

Compared to the old days, or even when Nolan Ryan pitched, the hurlers these days are pussies. That’s putting the Roy Halladay, CC Sabathia, Brandon Webb crowd aside considering those dudes actually make efforts to finish off their games on a regular basis. I’m not saying the way we handle pitchers these days is a bad thing, but I am saying that somewhere along the line pitch counts, Dr. James Andrews, and guaranteed contracts took the place of rosin bags, chewing tobacco, and rubber arms. Thankfully the Texas Rangers still have Nolan Ryan to guide the new generation through the wussied waters. Mr. Express is putting 10 of the youngest, more-promising arms in the Rangers’ system through a conditioning regimen:

On the third day of conditioning camp at The Ballpark in Arlington on Wednesday, the 10 young pitchers the Rangers summoned for this occasion had still yet to throw a baseball.

By the end of the day Friday, the last day of camp, the number of pitches that will have been thrown still will be the same: zero.

That’s the one thing many of the durable pitchers share in common: strong legs from good conditioning. Isn’t that something those big Texans like Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens had in common? Well, that and maybe they shared something else too. For people who consider themselves so medically advanced, it’s amazing to see how many pitchers go down with injuries these days. Maybe Ryan’s right. Maybe they all need to start focusing their conditioning on their legs — certainly didn’t hurt for him.