GLENDALE — Ryan Halamicek has met Nolan Ryan and played catch with Bob Feller, a pair of Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers, in Arizona.
Halamicek, 7, came to Glendale on Tuesday night prepared to meet another former big league pitcher. Except this proved to be something different for the Wrightwood resident, who stood in line to meet and greet Jim Abbott, a longtime major leaguer who was born without a right hand.
Donning an Angels cap and jersey, Ryan and his father, Kevin, had some baseball cards and Abbott's recently published book, "Imperfect: An Improbable Life," signed by Abbott during an autograph session at Barnes & Noble at the Americana at Brand. As an added bonus, Abbott took a couple of minutes to play catch with the younger Halamicek with Abbott showing him how he pitched and fielded a ball.
"I'm real lucky I could play catch with him," Halamicek said. "I wasn't expecting it and it means a lot to do that."