Former Rangers owner Tom Hicks plans on attending Game 1 of the World Series in San Francisco on Wednesday. He was there when the Rangers clinched the American League pennant, too, watching from a suite at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
"I'm excited about this," Hicks said. "I do take some personal pride in it. I figured out there were no shortcuts. We started this plan five yars ago and JD has been able to really turn things around. The Mark Teixeira deal was the key and it went from there."
Hicks had hoped he'd still be owning the team when the plan finally came together.
"I'm happy, but it's bittersweet. There's no denying that," Hicks said. "I tried the last few years to pay of HSG's debt, but the only way to do it was to sell the teams. I never thought it would turn into the fight in court, but I wonder what might have happened had we not done what we did in June."
Of course, Hicks is referring to the decision to put the club into bankruptcy in an effort to get the deal closed. It ended up in an auction, something he said he never predicted, but in the end, the group headed by Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan got the team.
The court proceedings left Hicks out of the ownership mix. He's now just a big Rangers fan. So he'll be cheering, like everyone else associated with the team, when they make their World Series debut.
"This organization is in great shape," Hicks said. "It's a y0ung team that should be able to stay together and win for years. That's exciting."
It's easy to pile on Hicks for the A-Rod deal (among others). But I think he receives too much criticism. Don't forget what Hicks did to put this club on the path that led to this World Series berth. He was the one willing to take a chance on a 28-year-old Daniels. It was Hicks that agreed to Daniels' plan to rebuild the farm system, knowing it would mean taking a hit at the big league level in the short-term to do it. That's never easy for an owner to do. And he hired Nolan Ryan to become president of the team. Just remember that as you watch this World Series.