SEATTLE -- It was a loud clubhouse as soon as the Rangers' 11-6 win ended. And it got louder as players checked their phones and news filtered that the group headed by Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg and club president Nolan Ryan had won the bidding.
"It was a big day on and off the field for the Rangers," said Michael Young, smiling after his grand slam had put the game out of reach. It turns out that the winning bid was submitted about 10 seconds before Young's big blast.
Clubhouse manager Hoggy Price was walking around the clubhouse, shouting: "Nolan did it. He did it."
Bench coach Jackie Moore, who has had a long relationship with Ryan, had a look of relief as he changed out of his uniform.
"This was something they deserved, so I'm relieved and overjoyed," Moore said. "The good guys prevailed. Just look back at what's happened to this club since Nolan's been involved in it. And we're on the verge of making something real big happen. Why should he be involved in that? Why shouldn't Greenberg be involved in that? This was big for the game of baseball and the Rangers. It's great news."
The players talked this week about how the ownership issue wasn't a distraction for the club. But there was a sense of relief in the clubhouse that the process is finally ending. The process is expected to get the judge's blessing this week and then it's up to Major League Baseball to approve the group, but that's also not supposed to be an issue at all.
"That's awesome," Murphy said about the news. "Chuck and Nolan are great guys and I think they are the perfect group to take over. There's nothing but good things to come. It's got to be a great day for them. They had a lot of days of frustration over the past few months and I can't imagine what they've gone through -- they thought they were going to get it, then they didn't and had to wait for so long."
Murphy, a native Texan who went to school at Baylor, understands what Ryan means to baseball in the state and the Rangers organization.
"Every since Nolan has been on board here, this franchise has gone nowhere but the correct way and the right direction inside and out," Murphy said. "You look at the farm system, you look at the big league club and it's gotten better in all aspects. He's not just a Texas icon; he's a baseball icon. I think people will be proud that he's part of the ownership group of the Texas Rangers."
Manager Ron Washington walked around the hallways near his office, asking a few folks as if to make sure the auction was really over. Washington, who was hired by general manager Jon Daniels before Ryan arrived but has clearly earned Ryan's respect, was pleased with the outcome.
"I think it's a great thing for the Texas Rangers organization," Washington said. "Those guys work awfully hard and they are committed and dedicated and I'm glad it worked out for them and for us."
Ian Kinsler noted that some of the players have gotten to know Greenberg as he's been in and out of the clubhouse during various homestands this season.
"We're happy," Kinsler said. "He's put a lot of effort into this. He seems like the right fit. We're happy we're in good hands. We feel like we have a good thing going here, and Jon Daniels and Thad Levine have put together a great organization. We just got better. I don't think Nolan would want to leave what he started, and it's important to have him here."