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Nolan Ryan’s ceremonial first pitch to Craig Biggio not a good one (video)

A momentous event celebrating two of the most beloved players in Houston Astros history may have not gone off without a hitch, but fans of the team must have been thrilled to watch Nolan Ryan throw a ceremonial first pitch to Craig Biggio before Tuesday’s game at Minute Maid Park.

Before the Astros took the field and beat the New York Yankees by a score of 6-2, Ryan, now an executive adviser with the team, and Biggio, a special assistant with team since 2007, partnered up for the ceremonial pitch, reconnecting two Astros legends who surprisingly were teammates for one season, linking the remarkable careers of two titans of Houston baseball.

Biggio and Ryan were teammates in 1988. On July 9 of that season, Biggio, then a 22-year-old rookie, caught Ryan’s 100th career win as an Astro, and it is certain that none of pitches “The Ryan Express” tossed to Biggio on that day were as poorly executed as the pitch Ryan threw to Biggio on Tuesday.

“It’s not my first wild pitch. It probably won’t be my last,” Ryan said afterward, chuckling, according to

For a man with such a legendary and esteemed pitching pedigree, it must have been disheartening for Ryan to have his pitch sail wide right and Biggio had no chance of snagging it, despite his best efforts.

It was a great moment for Astros fans, even if things didn’t go as well as how one would expect a Nolan Ryan ceremonial first pitch to go.

“I wanted to get it to where it was catchable,” Ryan laughed. “It wasn’t.”

Sure, Ryan can laugh about it, but no man with any sense would openly mock and ridicule Ryan for the poorly thrown first pitch. Something tells me that even at 67 years old, Ryan remains more than capable of putting a man more than half his age in a headlock and do some pummeling like he did to Robin Ventura all those years ago.

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