The Texas Rangers hadn't been in the clubhouse more than 15 minutes when word started to spread that the group led by Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan had outbid Mark Cuban and Jim Crane to win the auction for ownership of the club.
The players were guarded initially, but shortly thereafter broke out the grins and revealed their satisfaction that Greenberg and Ryan had won the auction.
"This is a big day for the Texas Rangers on the field and off," third baseman Michael Young said. "As players, we're all excited for Chuck and Nolan. We know that they've put in tons of hard work to get this done, finally, and we're going to do our best for them."
David Murphy, who grew up in the Houston and followed Ryan's Hall of Fame career, said the best outcome was having Ryan as part of the ownership group. It had been widely speculated that Ryan might leave his post as team president if the Cuban-Crane group had been successful.
"Ever since he joined the franchise, we've gone nowhere but the right way and the right direction," Murphy said. "He's not just a Texas icon, but he's a baseball icon. People will be proud that he's part of the ownership group of the Texas Rangers."
Ian Kinsler has seen the work that Greenberg has put in while leading a group that includes Dallas billionaire Ray Davis and XTO Energy chairman Bob Simpson of Fort Worth. Greenberg has been around Rangers Ballpark working on completing the deal that was originally negotiated in January and has gotten to know the players.
"He's put a lot of effort into it," Kinsler said. "He's been around the clubhouse, it seems like the right fit, and I think everyone is happy. We've got a good thing going here. It just got better."
Young was informed that his grand slam in the seventh inning came only seconds after the Greenberg-Ryan group submitted its final bid and that Greenberg thought the home run was an omen that things would go his way.
"Hopefully, that omen is for more than just the winning bid," Young said. "Hopefully, it's a sign of good things to come for our organization."
-- Jeff Wilson