It's weird to think back on some observations on last night's game and some small research done about Nolan Ryan, who I just realized transcended a few generations of baseball players.
Here's a guy who won his only World Series championship 40 years ago. He played either with and/or against a couple of father-son combos (Wikipedia lists Bob and Darren Oliver, Darren a Met in 2006, and like Ryan, pitched for all 4 1961-62 expansion teams; and Sandy and Robby Alomar, Sandy being Sandy Sr. current Mets coach along with Sandy Jr, and Robby being a guy who failed as a Met), he was an opponent of the Mets in the World Series championship season belonging to the next generation (remember that classic Game 5 of the 1986 NLCS against Doc Gooden, which would be Ryan's last post-season appearance) and before that, an opponent of Keith and Ron of Mets TV land (as they talked about on the broadcast last night), and played with/against at least one player still active in the big leagues (Ivan Rodriguez, who just returned to Texas, and caught Ryan's last game in September 1993).
Metstradamus writes that he stole the show last night just like Doc Gooden did last September at Shea Goodbye. I agree on both counts. That sit down with Ron Darling, Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, and Nolan Ryan airing on SNY in September should be real interesting.
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