When Randy Hildebrandt was growing up in Austin, Texas, all he ever thought about was becoming a major league baseball player. His idol was Nolan Ryan, who played for the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. The pitcher’s style and performance made an impression on Randy. By the time Nolan Ryan retired, he had 5,714 strike-outs, which was something that Randy not only hoped to accomplish but also exceed. The accomplishments of Nolan Ryan made him dream big. Randy began to follow that dream.