May 18, 2013

Raillery with Reid

I wonder if new Astros president Reid Ryan remembers my joke from about 12 years ago. I had kind of forgotten about it myself, but all the headlines about his new job must have jogged my memory.

Let me set the scene: I was participating in an off season tour of the Dell Diamond which is the home of the Round Rock Express minor league baseball team. Nolan Ryan is one of the owners of the team, and his son Reid was the president and was among those credited for helping to bring professional baseball, and an impressive stadium, to the Austin area.

As the tour guide was leading a few of us fans along the way, a door opened up and out walked Reid Ryan right into the middle of our group. It looked like he was in a hurry but did the right thing and stopped to quickly make nice with the fans.

I spoke up (I'm not an introvert when I have a joke) and asked him, "So, do you time this out perfectly and walk out that door right in the middle of every tour group to impress the fans?"

Some of the other fans laughed, and I think Reid appreciated the joke too. But he didn't offer me a job on the spot!

Reid Ryan (Courtesy:

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