Texas Rangers fans are most likely breathing a huge sigh of relief as the team was auctioned off and the Nolan Ryan/Chuck Greenburg group won over Mark Cuban, the NBA Dallas Mavericks’ immature and outspoken owner. All I have to say is two words – THANK GOD! As a resident of the Rangers home city, I can tell you that the team’s fans have been sitting on pins and needles to the point of frustration for months. However, the equation does not end with the fact that Ryan and Greenburg successfully won the auction when Cuban waved the white flag and bowed out of the bidding.
Additionally, the approval process is now complete and the Ryan/Greenburg team is the new ownership entity. The MLB owners would have been idiots not to approve the Ryan/Greenburg combo. Nolan Ryan is a member of the Hall of Fame and is all about the game of baseball. Chuck Greenburg was a long-time baseball scout and is now a practicing Pittsburgh attorney, so he is more than familiar with the game as well as legal issues.
The Ryan/Greenburg combination made the most sense from the very beginning. Awarding the Rangers to the immature and overly mouthy rich kid (Cuban) would have been a huge travesty that many of the team’s fans would not find forgivable. The Rangers are currently enjoying a comfortable lead in the AL’s Western Division and I had nightmares about Cuban winning the team, and then watching that lead go up in smoke – literally overnight. Despite the fact that very little press was released based on the player’s feelings, I feel pretty safe assuming that none of them wanted Cuban as the team owner.
Granted, Cuban may be admired by Mavs’ fans, but I can safely tell you that numerous Rangers’ fans loathed even the thought of him owning and running the team. It’s also a given that Cuban has turned the Mavs’ franchise around and made them serious NBA contenders. However, just like with the Rangers, the Mavs have yet to win a title and frankly I just don’t think that Cuban knows what he is doing other than opening his wallet to try and better the team. There is a far greater chance of the Rangers getting to the post-season and maybe fairly deep into the playoffs with Ryan and Greenburg at the helm.
I realize that some of you may or may not agree with what I have said, but the bottom line is that the Rangers and Major League Baseball just dodged a huge, destructive bullet. Cuban just wasn’t a good fit for the MLB. In fact, I despise the fact that he has anything to do with basketball. Oh by the way. Cuban didn’t field any interviews when the auction concluded at 1 am CDT, another sign of his immaturity and having sour grapes. So once again, he proved that when he doesn’t get his way, he takes his toys back to his sandbox. Hopefully, no one has been subjected to his pouting or one of his tantrums.