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Why I love Nolan Ryan


For those of you who were unaware, I made the move down to Texas about three weeks ago. Ever since, I've been fed a steady diet of Texas Rangers baseball. It helps that they've made it to the World Series the past two years. It also helps that everyone around here is a raging fan.

So when my wife's family was over on Friday night, you can be sure the Rangers game was on TV -- especially since they were playing their in-state rival the Astros (and especially since my wife's family is from the Houston area). While coming back from a break, the station carrying the game decided to show Rangers (and Astros) legend Nolan Ryan. The famous pitcher now leads the Rangers' front office, so his appearance on the screen is as assured as the seventh inning stretch.

And while watching the game, I couldn't help but notice what appears to be a I-couldn't-care-less moment that makes Ryan so likeable:


Could be an optical illusion. But if it's not, it endears me even more to the guy.


One commenter brings up a good point:

If you had been watching Ranger games for a while you would know the answer to your question. Nolan has a tendency to rub and scratch his nose a lot during the games. Don’t know if it is a nervous tic, a skin irritation or a secret sign to the pitcher. :)

Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Ryan's. But I couldn't resist a fun post for the blog.

This story has been updated.

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