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Nolan Ryan's endorsement

With Texas native's stature, political ads unlikely to adversely affect Rangers

Updated: August 1, 2012, 9:15 PM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

It's a decent bet that at least a thousand Texas politicians -- from school board to governor -- have sat down at brainstorming meetings with their campaign crew and said, "Wouldn't it be great if we could get Nolan Ryan to endorse us?"

And then, equally predictable, everybody would laugh.

But just the other day I was driving to the store roughly 1,700 miles from Texas listening to a Rangers game -- MLB At Bat: mankind's greatest invention? -- when a commercial ...

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