ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nolan Ryan wanted to be sure Chuck Greenberg was prepared for his first Opening Day with the Rangers. So the club president showed up with a pair of new boots, complete with the Rangers logo, for Greenberg.
"I was a Joe Namath fan and when he endorsed Dingo boots, me and every other 10-year-old in the country got a pair of Dingo boots," Greenberg said. "But these are a little different.
Greenberg, in blue jeans (boot cut, of course), a black collared shirt and black sport coat, walked around Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and spoke to a few players. He isn't the owner yet. But reiterated Monday that the transfer of ownership should take place the week of April 19.
"Opening Day is the best day of the year," Greenberg said. "With what a long winter it's been, it makes it even more so. I slept about an hour and a half last night because I was so excited. I couldn't wait to hear the bell ring and get it going."
Greenberg said he missed school many times to attend Opening Day growing up in Pittsburgh. He shared a story that one time his dad decided to be honest with the principal and say that he was taking his son out of school for Opening Day.
"The principal wrote him a note back and said, 'Mr. Greenberg, this was a beautiful letter and I was truly inspired by it, but it's still an unexcused absence and Chuck's going to have to serve detention. P.S., next time say he had the flu,'" Greenberg said.
He said he and Ryan were at the same Opening Day about 40 years ago, when the Mets played Pittsburgh at Forbes Field.
"It's been a productive 40 years ever since," Greenberg said.
Greenberg is pleased with the progress his group is making and said he isn't disappointed that he isn't the official owner on Opening Day.
"It would have been nice, but it's not a matter of what might have been, it's what will be," Greenberg said. "Good things are worth waiting for. I'm happy to be here, I'm looking forward to the game."