Rangers executive Nolan Ryan and White Sox manager Robin Ventura spoke on Friday for the first time since Ventura charged the mound after being hit by a Ryan pitch 19 years ago.
Ryan went over to the Chicago clubhouse before the game and wished Ventura good luck. Neither held any grudges over the Aug. 4, 1993 incident in Arlington, but they had never crossed paths since then.
"He was a very good player and very successful player," Ryan said. "It was just a reaction or response to the moment. He and I had no personal interaction prior to that night. There was nothing that precipitated it from something previously."
Ryan, then 46, hit Ventura, who was a 26-year-old with the White Sox. After taking four short steps toward first, Ventura dropped his bat, took off his helmet and sprinted toward the mound.
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