Terry Ryan got fired by the Twins after a very long run in their organization, and 18 years as General Manager. In this departure, commentary towards him is pretty warm despite the Twins baseball failures of recent years. They ‘all’ say he’s a hale fellow, well met. That he’s very ethical and open.
I went to a Twins open tryout at the dome in say 1992 and tried out as a pitcher. Ryan was farm director at the time, and operating the radar gun.
In my turn I was lighting up the gun at 68, 69 mph. On today’s guns that would be, ya know, 75. I also had new spikes.
Ryan said ‘you shouldn’t have bought new spikes kid’.
But really, that’s pro analysis of dilettante’s ability, and it was honest. No offense taken for him being crusty pro baseball guy to the amateur there. He wasn’t a dick.
He was wrong though. I wore those spikes 15 years, wore the spikes off them. Probably played in more than 100 amateur games with those spikes.