Nolan Ryan, who recorded 5,714 strikeouts in his 20-year Major League Baseball career, was asked how hard it was for him to pitch seven no-hitters.
His response: “I also have 12 one-hitters, so I know what disappointment is. I’ve taken no-hitters into the ninth and lost them. Until you get all 27 outs, you haven’t accomplished anything.”
As I read Ryan’s comment over the Memorial Day weekend, I immediately saw how the statement could be representative of much more than only baseball. It certainly can be conveyed for life.