|What was Tom Hicks thinking?|
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A. "I've got to learn to control myself ... until that damn Ichiro becomes a free agent."
B. He's worried that if he keeps driving down the franchise's value, A-Rod will buy the team from him.
C. "That John Hart's a genius. I'd never thought of building a 'farm system' before."
D. "If I'm going to follow Dubya's lead and use this as a launching pad into the political arena, I better show I can balance a budget."
E. "When $121 million couldn't convince Nolan Ryan to come out of retirement, I figured it was time to try a new approach."
F. "We finished last with a payroll of $88.5 million, so I'm betting we can finish last with a payroll of $33.5 million."