"The fun thing about coming back and seeing your old teammates is a lot of them you haven't seen for a long time," Ryan, president and CEO of the Texas Rangers, said.
It's been a long time since the Astros fell short to the Mets in Game 6 of that '86 National League Championship Series; a contest many say is the greatest game ever played.
"In '86 it was more people [who] thought we were gonna win it," Jose Cruz, an outfielder for that legendary Astros team, said. "We were so close to winning it but bad luck."
Having pitched for Houston and Texas is why the Astros joining the American League next season will be extra special for Ryan.
"Being an Astros fan growing up, and playing with them, I've thought of them as a National League ball club," Ryan said. "But from a selfish standpoint [being] with the Rangers [now], it puts somebody that's in our time zone, which makes a difference because we play so many games out West.
Ryan is still shaking off frustration after what happened to his Rangers in the World Series against St. Louis.
"To get as close as we did in Game 6 and not get it done is heartbreaking."
The player the Rangers are banking on to carry them to another World Series? Japanese sensation, Yu Darvish.
"We think that he's going to be a nice addition to our ball club, so we're very excited about it and looking forward to getting to spring training," said Ryan.
Those fast balls Ryan threw during those glory days are what earned his nickname, The Ryan Express.