Richard Sandomir of The New York Times revisited the bankruptcy case of the Texas Rangers, and unearthed how judge D. Michael Lynn really felt about the case after the paper filed a motion to unseal court tapes.
Among Lynn's comments:
ON COURTROOM BULLYING: “I do not like being bullied, and I will not be bullied.”
ON BASEBALL: “I don’t like what’s been done to it, with the designated hitter and interleague play and an interminable playoff. But I used to love baseball, and I can talk baseball with — at least in terms of people like Whitey Ford and Bob Turley and their ilk — until hell freezes over.”
ON COMMENTS DURING CASE: “By the way, if I sound like I’m one-sided in this, I’m not. I don’t like hedge funds any better than I do Major League Baseball. In fact, if anything, I used to like them less, but I’m making progress on that.”
ON POSSIBLE THREATS (to lawyers): “I’ve alerted the U.S. Marshals because I don’t want to see my home vandalized. If any of your clients want to take a contract out on me, tell them to be sure to aim true and to make it as painless as possible. Do you understand me?”