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Nolan Ryan speaks in East Texas

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - One of the greatest pitchers in MLB history made a stop in Tyler on Friday.

Speaking as the keynote speaker as the Boy Scouts of America presented the Distinguished Citizen Good Turn Award to James I. Perkins.

Ryan spoke to more than 500 people in the audience, about the importance of Boy Scouts and what it has meant to him and to countless others across the country.

And Ryan, the CEO and president of the Texas Rangers, also took some time to talk about his team, specifically, what happened when he took over in 2008, as he tried to turn the Rangers into a winning franchise.

"I would always sit in the stands, because I was like, if you are going to ask your fans to sit in that heat and experience that, then you should experience that," said Ryan, "So Ruth and I would always sit in the stands and there was a guy about 10 rows up, and he stood up and yelled 'for Christ sake Ryan, do something!' Well I felt pretty much the same way."

Ryan continued on, saying it was at that point, he decided on how to fix the Rangers.

"I stood up and turned around and acknowledged the guy, and that was the final blow, and the first approach that we were going to do something about our pitching staff."

Since Ryan has taken over, the Rangers have reached the World Series twice, their first ever WS appearances.

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