About this time one week ago today, we received what I thought had to be The Last Word from Tom Hicks. Not so much: Moments ago yet another tear-stained adios arrived in the Unfair Park in-box, as Hicks chimes in to commemorate the for-real end of his 12-year tenure as owner of the Texas Rangers, which today officially and finally became the property of Chuck Greenberg, Nolan Ryan, Ray Davis, Bob Simpson and the other 18 investors in Rangers Baseball Express.
Let's give the man the floor:
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"Obviously, this is a bittersweet moment for our family because these past twelve years with the Texas Rangers have produced a remarkable experience for all of us. I sincerely think the two major turning points for this franchise involved naming Jon Daniels general manager and Nolan Ryan becoming club president.
"Chuck Greenberg and Nolan take control of a club that is well-positioned to compete, not only for this year, but for many years to come. There is much that we will miss; however, this sale has produced an outcome that is positive for the Texas Rangers, Major League Baseball and even for the lenders. Most importantly, a strong leadership team will be in place to help guide the franchise to the next level. I look forward to joining all the other Ranger fans that cheer for this team to have success come October."