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Warner explained his respect for Ryan's speed this way: "I had to catch him in the Rochester bullpen without lights. I chased as many as I caught. " Page 6 Ryan Whiff Saga a Fable? Mets Wonder by JACK LANG MARCH 30, 1968 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDARube Walker was seated in the left corner of the dug out, which he figures was the best vantage point for his first look at the Mets' No. I phenom. Beside him sat two reporters and then Gil Hodges, who was flanked on the other side by a minor league rookie named Mike Figueroa, who never opened his mouth.
But then he began missing work because of his Army weekends and he was tagged for six gophers in five games. Ryan no longer is in a priority military unit and his weekend meetings will be about half of what they were last year. Hodges feels that being around, Ryan will be able to work better in rotation. "All he needs to do is build up his arm," the manager added. "When we didn't pitch him last year, it was for his own good. " Nolan did work on his own this winter to strengthen his arms. "I built me a chinning bar out back of the house and I chinned every day," the pitcher said.
He thinks he'd like to pitch at 200 pounds. But most of all, he'd just like to pitch. Ryan delivers one of his fireballs after an off-season of conditioning work. Page 17 Laughingstock? Mets Wipe Grins off Critics' Faces Ryan Is Mets' Hero in NLCS by LOWELL REIDENBAUGH OCTOBER 18, 1969 he New York Mets, born to be laughed at, were laughing back. And, oh, how they laughed. as Usual In the championship series with the Braves, the Mets again were underdogswhat elsebut ignored the odds in a three-game sweep that sent experts to their couches.