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Video of the day: Robin Ventura did NOT get beaten down by Nolan Ryan

Jul 27, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

This video changed my life. It will change yours too.

Ignore the White Sox fan boy stuff and just watch the fight analysis.


(thanks to High Heat Stats for bringing this to my attention)

  1. thefalcon123 - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Robin Ventura: Got punched in the face 4 times
    Nolan Ryan: Got shoved to the ground.

    Nope…Ryan still wins.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      Not to mention the fact that Ryan gets shoved down after the sheer weight of Several White Sox players geting involved in the scrum. It takes half the line-up to take down Ryan. If anything this increases Nolan’s prestige, not decrease it.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Very tame. It pales when compared to a good old fashioned hockey fight.

    • cur68 - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      Beat me to it. If this had been hockey players that would not have been a head lock, there would have been no other players, fists would have looked like two guys trying to start old, recalcitrant chainsaws, and There. Would. Have. Been. Blood. . . and teeth.

      Pretty good fight for ballplayers but if you grew up watching Semko throw down with Hunter, or Domi against The World, then . . . meh.

  3. kkolchak - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    I grew up a White Sox fan and loved Ventura when he played for them. That said, he was asking for it charging an elder icon of the game. He was going to look pretty bad no matter how it turned out.

  4. quonce - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Yeah….no the ole man whooped his ass

  5. heyblueyoustink - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Right, and that bird didn’t get evaporated by a Randy Johnson fast ball, it just made a hell of a catch and sacrificed the body to do so.

    • dangle13x - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      Did you see it? I bet you still think the bird got his a*s beat. Sure he got obliterated. At first. But then he fights back. He turns the tides. By spreading Avian flu throughout the ballpark.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM

        And here I thought the Avian Influenza originated with some poor soul having intercourse with a green monkey.

      • El Bravo - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        That monkey had it comin’

  6. mscott4 - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    So let me get this straight, Ventura was put in a headlock, had his face pummeled by a man twice his age, got loose only when both teams ran into the scrum pushing both players, and he didn’t get his ass beat? Nice try Sox fans.

  7. mybrunoblog - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    I don’t know what this guy is watching. I saw Ryan punch Ventura multiple times in and around his face/head. Then a large scrum forms and the two combatants get pushed back toward second base. Yes Ventura seems to have broken out of Ryan’s grasp but so what? He still received multiple punches to his head. Ryan wins. Every time Ryan still wins.

    • dangle13x - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      The commentary in this is just flat out pathetic. B*tch made Ventura got pummeled by an over the hill Nolan Ryan. I thought there was going to be a punch line at the end, but nope. Just some totally delusional white sox fan. Surprise surprise.

  8. jm91rs - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    If you watch longer versions of this fight you can see Bo Jackson in the scrum. I can guarantee you no one on that field had any desire to go after Bo. He and Frank Thomas are just tossing guys off of the pile like it’s nothing.

    • davidpom50 - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Bo is my absolute favorite part of that fight. There’s one part where about 12 dudes are trying to hold him back, and failing miserably.

  9. steelguy425 - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Hopefully every time they show this video it motivates the White Sox to sweep, yep that’s right, sweep the Rangers again this week-end just like they did earlier this season back in Chicago. We also hope Adam Dunn launches 4-5 home runs against the hornheads so the Ranger’s moronic manager Washed Up Washington can wonder why he didn’t let him bat in the all star game he so magically managed to a stunning AL defeat.

    • dangle13x - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      Not an asinine comment whatsoever. You have such a way with words. It’s like white trash poetry.

    • dangle13x - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      By the way, I love how you take it personally. If I was a Sox fan I’d be embarrassed and take shots at the video commentary like everyone else. But no, you get angry and start flexing your muscles. Priceless.

      • steelguy425 - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

        I like the “White Trash Poetry” comment. As a 40 plus year White Sox fan, I have enough material to write a fabulous collection. Thank’s for the comment.

        Since I am an over 50, overweight, and honest fan, I need to admit that Nolan Ryan did get the best of Ventura in the melee. My comment was that I hope replays help to motivate my team.

        I also think Ron Washington needs to rethink his thinking because Texas should be a dynasty team right now. I’ll be rooting for them again this year in the World Series unless Detroit beats them.

    • ditto65 - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      Don’t you mean 4-5 Yickitties and Mammos?

    • pauleee - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      Yes, the only reason the AL lost was becausee Dunn didn’t get to bat. Once again, I stand by my statements about posts by usernames with football references in them.

      • dangle13x - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM

        I’m a Tiger’s fan. The reason the AL lost was because Verlander came out trying to throw 100 mph instead of pitching. On him, not Washington.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        I hear you Paul (w/ regards to the usernames w/ football references).
        My guess is…he works in the steel mills however. As opposed to being a fan of the Steelers.

    • Mike, the Mad Beard - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      Hawk…? Is that you, Hawk….?

    • cur68 - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      I heart this series of comments. A guy got mocked for his over the top opinion but the mockee handled himself with class even though he was called some pretty extreme things. THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is how you do it.

      Steelguy, I disagree with you at most every turn in your argument but I gave you a thumb click up (my first thumb click of any sort this month) and I do hope the ChiSox use this as motivation to play hard and try and beat the Rangers. I hope they lose, of course, since I like Ron Washington. I don’t much care who won the AS Game or who’s fault it was a blow out (Verlander IMO, but meh). I’d just like to see some great post season baseball played. Then, when the dust settles, I’d like to see Ryan & Ventura shake hands and have a laugh about when they were young.

      • davidpom50 - Jul 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        Well… when Ventura was young, anyways.

      • steelguy425 - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:41 AM

        Thanks for the comment Cur

        Tonight the team did play hard and didn’t quit after being down 4-1 after one inning. Last year’s team would have folded and quit. This year’s team kept trying.

  10. lewp - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    And just to show you how classy Nolan Ryan is, this video will NOT be shown at the Ballpark in Arlington during the 3 game series with the WhiteSox.

    Texas justice was served many years ago, no sense beating a dead horse as we say here in Texas.

    • Senor Cardgage - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      Have they even shown it at all this year? I thought they retired it.

  11. bigleagues - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Robin Ventura still got his ass whooped by a man old enough to be his Father (easily).

    It’s all right. Lots of dudes in their 20’s get their butts kicked and pop right up as if to visually exclaim their Rocky-toughness.

    It’s just that not so many dudes in their 20’s get their butt kicked by a dude in his late-40’s.

  12. dsmaxsucks - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Once again we learn Texans are so dumb they don’t even know when they get their asses kicked. Hence all the confederate flags. (That’s a Civil War joke. Too soon?) Ventura got a couple noogies and looks fine at the end, while grandpa is huffing and puffing like he just finished jogging with Fred Willard.

    • dangle13x - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      Hilarious joke. You should quit unemployment and start a comedy routine.

    • bigleagues - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      HEYYYY OHhhhhhhh! Rimshot!

      Bang! Zoom!


    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      while grandpa is huffing and puffing like he just finished jogging with Fred Willard.

      Of course he was huffing and puffing, a 76 year old just beat up a guy 1/4th his age. He’s not exactly Jack LaLane here…

  13. giselleisasucubus - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Give me a break, Ventura took about 8 rabbit punches and it took 5 guys to help him. Ventura got whooped.

  14. giselleisasucubus - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    If you want to talk about his toughness, show his spring training injury when his ankle spun around and he came back the next year. THAT was tough.

  15. pauleee - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Here I thought we were going to be treated to a lost Zapruder-like film, clearly showing on alternate reality where Ventura didn’t get his ass kicked. Still seems like a single shooter to me. :)

  16. yahmule - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    I vividly remember all the 40-somethings (a group I belong to now) walking around with their chests puffed out the day after this exchange. I tend to think Ventura lost his will to fight halfway to the mound, but at that point he was committed. It reminded me of Gordie Howe in his last years. Total no-win situation for any young guy as you’re going to look bad win or lose.

  17. metalhead65 - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    so craig where are your saber stats to support the claim this video changes anything? all I saw was the same thing I saw when it happened and that is ventura getting his ass kicked! sure ryan goes down after the white sox move the pile on top of him but he clearly beat the crap out of him one one.

  18. unlost1 - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM


  19. hgfrombc2 - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    So, some sox fan watched 50 First Dates and thought he’d show off his editing skills. Problem is, he still couldn’t edit out Ventura being Ryan’s bitch from start to finish!

  20. randygnyc - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    I’m in my 40’s and grew up fighting in the streets, but a wrestler by “trade”. I was always taught that if your going to bother getting into a fight, fight like your life depends on it. Ventura was in a tough spot. How could he start swinging on an older dude, with bad intentions, without getting stomped out by the other players? Ryan got in the quick shots, because that’s all there ever is in baseball fights before the calvary comes in. Ryan won the fight, the day it was fought. He still wins the fight on video.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Well, aren’t you just a macho fella.

      You must hang out with Mickey Rourke in your spare time.

  21. motorcitydiddy - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Good to know the Sox have a copy of that for Ventura, after that beating I doubt he actually remembers it.

  22. IdahoMariner - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    eh…I don’t care about either team or either player. But Ryan looked like he Ventura had a pretty good hold of his neck as he went down, and he looked pretty panicked. I’d say they’re even. Especially since I can’t see from this angle that Ryan actually landed all of those punches. Speaking as the younger sibling frequently in a headlock, my brother, especially when enraged, didn’t land all of his hits even though he had my face right there under his arm. And being smaller, it would have been hard for me to get him around the neck, even with help, as Ventura does Ryan. So, even to me.

    But then, I think they are both d-bags for fighting.

  23. wrg885 - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Nolan Ryan’s expressions/posture post-fight were the cause of, as mentioned above, half of the White Sox “fighting” him……to the ground. I really hope you’re being sarcastic Craig. If not, I may have lost a small amount of the great respect I have gained for you since your time before HBT. I’m one semester into college courses. College 101 has taught me to be aware of ‘biased reference sources’. No offense White Sox fans, but this video is drenched in your logo….

  24. romoscollarbone - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    iPad app, I do not see the video. Ive seen Ryan use the old man strength on him plenty of times though.

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