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Robin Ventura: Charging Nolan Ryan was ‘Something I had to do’ for my Teammates

Robin Ventura was a two-time All-Star, six-time Gold Glove winner, and he holds the NCAA baseball record with a 58-game hitting streak. But what fans remember him most for is when he charged Nolan Ryan in 1993 and got beat up.

Ventura is now the manager of the White Sox, and he was asked about the incident during a fan event this weekend.

“What the teams were going through at the time, there was a lot of back and forth,” said Ventura, alluding to four hit batters in the first two games of the series. “Sometimes as a player, you pick a spot that something needs to happen.

“It’s not like he derailed a promising UFC career. So it is what it is, but that was something I had to do as a teammate.”

Team broadcaster Hawk Harrelson says Ventura didn’t fully realize what he was doing until after he ran out to the mound and said ‘My God, that’s Nolan Ryan out there.’

Yup, big mistake Robin. I’m not sure any incident that embarrassing is worth it just to stand up for your teammates. This dude is haunted for life because of it.

Of course I only posted this story as an excuse to show the video:

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Robin Ventura Acts in ‘A Christmas Carol’ Play to Help Grant Young Girl’s Wish

White Sox manager Robin Ventura doesn’t have any acting experience, but that didn’t keep him from helping to grant a young girl’s wish by appearing in a play Wednesday.

Ventura acted and said a line in the 34th annual production of “A Christmas Carol” at Goodman Theatre in downtown Chicago Wednesday night. He was acting along with 9-year-old Emily Beazley, a White Sox fan, whose dream was to perform on stage.

Young Emily was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Thanks to the Goodman Theatre and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, she was able to perform in the play.

Here is a video of Ventura and Beazley in the play, courtesy of the White Sox website:

Ventura really went out of his way for the play; he flew out from California Tuesday and returned Thursday morning. It sounds like it was worth it, too.

“Since she has been little, it has been her wish,” said Ed Beazley, Emily’s father. “She always wanted to be a star, and this has gone beyond our wildest expectations.”

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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