Time to turn up the heat and do all we can to run Tom Hicks out of Tarrant County. I don’t know the man. It’s not personal. But he’s been a terrible baseball owner. He’s ruining my favorite team.
The players seem to have had it with Hicks. Michael Young seems borderline manic at the yo-yo ownership style (wouldn’t be surprised if he demands a trade in a year or two). Tex wants out so bad he’s acting poorly. ARod left in a huff because of broken promises Hicks made. And this is the first season I can remember in which the team was so bad that not one of the Rangers several All-Star caliber players had enough around him to perform at a level truly deserving of an All-Star bid (Michael represented the team well – great class as always – but we all know he wouldn’t have gone if not for the one representative per team clause).
Fans are disgusted with the teams play, their horrible finishes under Hicks and ancillary issues. The Ballpark is becoming a circus tent, even after that stupid Amerique$t bell is gone. Now that Hicks owns FC Liverpool, I’m betting the Rangers will be the first team in American professional sports to replace the logo on their jerseys with a sponsors ad. I can barely afford to take my son to a game while the team’s salary has plummeted despite playing in the nation’s 4th largest MSA.
The organization’s coaches can’t say so, but they must be fed up with all the coaching and related changes at every level of the organization.
The media’s finally caught on. Not that many of them are very trustworthy, but still, every sports reporter in North Texas has or has come close to calling for Hicks’ head. And the national media have lambasted the team, making them a national joke.
Free agents aren’t beating a path here, not even hitters who should love to play in The Ballpark. What does that say about how players across the majors view the Rangers organization?
Rumor has it that Nolan Ryan wants to own one of the Texas team – how great would that be!
So, Tom – pack ’em up. We’ve had it with your terrible performance. Seriously, would you not fire someone with your track record? Sell the team and make some money. Keep building Glory Park if you must and keep making money from that. But please turn most of your attention back to Dallas and try not to mess up the Stars or the Mesquite Rodeo anymore. You can’t live off of one Stanley Cup forever, especially one won in the infancy of your ownership. And have fun in Liverpool (FC Liverpool fans, you can have Hicks. Write when you tire of him, and we’ll help you run him out).
For what it’s worth, this post begins a new series dedicated to uniting fans against Hicks in support of any owner more committed to building a championship caliber team than fattening his/her wallet.
If you agree that Hicks needs to go, please state so in a comment below. If you disagree, please tell us why (and we’ll try to read without laughing).
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