(July 23, 2007) Last week, Hall-of-fame baseball pitcher and rancher Nolan Ryan traveled to Japan to share two things he is passionate about: American baseball and beef. Ryan was there to participate in American Meat Month, a set of activities conducted by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) to increase demand among consumers and trade for U.S. beef and pork.
While speaking to the media, Ryan shared how the ban on U.S. beef had affected his ranching operation. He also shared his thoughts on the safety and nutrition of U.S. meats.
Ryan threw the first pitch in front of more than 15,000 fans at the baseball game on July 18 between the Orix Buffaloes and the Chiba Lotte Marines, coached by former fellow New York Mets player Bobby Valentine.
USMEF President and CEO Phil Seng presented a special game ball to Ryan and announced, “play ball!” Ryan sent a hard pitch to Valentine and nearly hit him in the head. Valentine dusted himself off of the ground laughing and gave Ryan a big hug.