Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan was a Houston Astros starter from 1980-1988, but on Tuesday, Ryan gained two new Astros fans who wouldn't know The Ryan Express from a Panda Express.
In the eighth inning of the Nationals-Astros matchup, Washington shortstop Ian Desmond fouled one of Chad Qualls' pitches into the netting behind home plate — directly in front of the Astros' executive advisor. Ryan muscled the wedged ball (he might need an Advil after that knuckle-buster) out of the netting cable to give to a tiny fan.
The little girl was pretty psyched to get a gift (and a souvenir from MLB's all-time strikeout leader):
But even more generous was the little lady — who gave the ball to her teary-eyed brother: