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First pitches in Texas: Nolan Ryan for Game 3, George H.W. and George W. Bush for Game 4

Oct 29, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT


With the World Series now shifting to Texas the Rangers will have Hall of Famer and team president Nolan Ryan throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 3 tomorrow.

After watching Ryan show off some impressive velocity and movement on his first pitch prior to Game 1 of the ALCS earlier this month I’m really hoping someone at the ballpark hooks up the Pitch-F/X machine to get an accurate reading on the 62-year-old’s stuff this time around.

Game 4 will feature former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush throwing out the ceremonial first pitches Sunday night. George W. was one of the Rangers’ owners from 1989-1998.

  1. Jonny 5 - Oct 29, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    EVERY ceremonial first pitch should be thrown by Nolan Ryan. It was the nastiest ceremonial first pitch EVER. I was thinking he could have come out in the 8 th inning last night to quiet things down, but I guess he wasn’t dressed for that….

  2. JBerardi - Oct 29, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Dubya’s pitch will be a massive boondogle that will nearly destroy the Texas Rangers organization. Texas fans will then attribute this to Barack Obama’s socialist agenda.

    • merkleboner - Oct 29, 2010 at 4:33 PM

      • JBerardi - Oct 29, 2010 at 5:04 PM

        Yeah, my comment had less to do with Obama/Bush’s literal ability to throw a baseball, and more to do with the massive competency gap that exists between them (and of course the stubborn refusal of a small segment of the population to acknowledge that gap).

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 29, 2010 at 5:51 PM


      • merkleboner - Oct 29, 2010 at 5:57 PM

        My bad president can beat up your bad president.

        Oh and he can throw a baseball better too.

    • Old Gator - Oct 29, 2010 at 11:25 PM

      Will this be the first time a first pitch in a World Series game is thrown out by a war criminal and mass murderer? I’ve checked back and can’t find any record of Lyndon Johnson or Richard Nixon throwing one out, though I assume they must have. Mass murderers love a spotlight, though usually they just write incoherent letters to newspaper columnists.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 29, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Aaron, was the last Nolan pitch clocked somewhere?

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