Even though the World Series is over and I am sad that baseball season is over, I wanted to share with you another pretty cool signed baseball I have to help keep the spirit of baseball season alive. It is signed by arguably the greatest pitcher to have ever played the game, and although he retired back in 1993, he still plays an active role as a team advisor to the Huston Astros, the team he played the most with during his 27 year career as a major league player. His name is Nolan Ryan, and he is a living legend of the game.
If you don’t know who he is but if you enjoy watching or playing baseball, I highly suggest doing a bit of research about him. He was a great player and is a very interesting person. Here are just a few of his stats:
Most career strike outs – 5714 Many baseball experts believe there is a good chance record might last forever.
Most no-hitters: Ryan, 7
Most one-hitters: Ryan and Bob Feller, 12
Most two-hitters: Ryan, 18
Most three-hitters: Ryan, 31
He also had a career high of 164 pitches in a game, and averaged 127 a game during his career. It is for that reason alone, plus the amazing speed of his fast ball that will most likely make it impossible for anyone to ever top the amount of strike outs he has. He also has some records that most pitchers wouldn’t be very happy to have, but I won’t share those. Please check them out for yourself as you learn more about him!
He has given many inspirational quotes, but one that I like which is directly related to pitching is as follows because it refers to three things I love, family, Thanksgiving, and baseball.
“You should treat the art of pitching as you would a Thanksgiving dinner. Families get together for the holidays and there’s always a lot of good food to enjoy. You’re not going to eat everything at once, of course; a satisfying meal is best appreciated one bite at a time. Pitching a ballgame is based on the same principle — deal with one pitch at a time and make every one count.”
— From “Nolan Ryan’s Pitcher’s Bible”
This ball was also given to me as a boy from my parents, and as such it is even a greater treasure to me. Not only because it is signed by a great player, but because of the people who gave it to me.
What do you treasure? Next time you see me, let’s talk and let me know! Not everything you treasure has to be something of great value. If it is important to you, it is a treasure and it should be taken care of.
Although Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, I get much more excited about the Christmas season. Already in October I was humming Christmas tunes and thinking of what to buy for loved ones back home and abroad. Before Halloween came, I carved a pumpkin with some friends. Unfortunately, the pumpkin deflated about 4 days after being carved and didn`t make it to see Halloween. Pictured below is my sad, deflated pumpkin.