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Ryan talks about White Sox hiring Ventura

10/7/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas – When Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan heard that Robin Ventura had been named manager of the White Sox, one of the first things he thought about was the replay of his famous headlock on the big screen at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Chuck Morgan, the club’s guru of in-park entertainment, shows the replay before some of the Rangers game and it gets loud cheers.

“I thought that Chuck was going to have to quit showing that before White Sox games,” Ryan said.

Ventura and the White Sox come to Arlington for Opening Day in 2012.

“I’m sure we’ll show it Opening Day,” Morgan said. “But it’s not something we do every game and we probably won’t do it every game of that series, either.”

Morgan has also incorporated Ventura into the Texas Legends race, where some folks in costumes race around the park in place of the usual “dot race.” One of those Legends, of course, is Ryan.

“That was just a one-time thing,” Morgan said.

Ryan admitted that he was surprised that Ventura was hired in that he hasn’t had much experience in the game outside of playing.

“But he certainly knows the game,” Ryan said. “He’ll be 180 degrees from Ozzie Guillen in terms of personality and approach.”