Monday, August 27, 2012
I was born a baseball player, literally. I was named after Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan. My dad and his friend had such an admiration for him on and off the field that they made a deal to name their future sons after him. This was convenient because both their wives were expecting a son. They made an agreement that the first son born would be named Nolan, and they second one would named Ryan. I ended up being born 1 week later, and was given the name Ryan. I have continued to be a baseball fan and am honored to be named after such a successful person and athlete who is often regarded as one of the best pitchers of all time.