(CBS) Who could forget the infamous Nolan Ryan-Robin Ventura brawl?

After getting beamed by one of Ryan’s fastballs, Ventura charged the mound before the then 46-year-old Ryan put him in a headlock and gave the youngster a few good shots to the head. Since that day in 1993, the fight has become one of the most talked-about brawls in the history of Major League Baseball

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And as fate would have it, the White Sox will open up the era of Ventura at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to kick off the 2012 season.

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Eighteen years later, Ryan — the current president and CEO of the Rangers — has put the fight behind him.

“I’m really happy for Robin, that he’s getting that opportunity,” Ryan said after the postponement of Game 2 of the ALCS.  “It should be with the White Sox. I think he’s the type of person that you want to see in that position, because I think he’s good for baseball, and he knows the game.

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“You know, I’m truly surprised (people still talk about the fight). “I’m surprised that this thing has had the life that it’s had.”