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Friday, August 13, 2010
Chuck Greenberg won battle of Pittsburgh

By Jeff Caplan

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Chuck Greenberg made his first appearance Friday at Rangers Ballpark in the capacity of managing partner and CEO. He joked that he's still waking up in the middle of the night startled,  fearing another challenge from a wealthy bidder for the Texas Rangers.

Of course, Greenberg, a Pittsburgh native, just went toe-to-toe with fellow Pittsburgher and billionaire Mark Cuban in last week's courtroom auction to land the Rangers franchise. Greenberg, 49, finally won out when Cuban, 52, finally decided to drop out of the bidding.

"We grew up three miles apart from each other but we didn’t know each other at all growing up," Greenberg said. "It was kind of ironic because he went to Mt. Lebanon High School and I went to Upper St. Clair High School. We were like bitter, bitter rivals."

Back in Pittsburgh, Post-Gazette columnist Bob Smizik put Greenberg's victory in its proper Pittsburgh perspective in his blog when he wrote: "Upper St. Clair (Greenberg) trumped Mt. Lebanon (Cuban)."

Said Greenberg: "That was a good moment for the Panthers."

Greenberg said he met Cuban in 1999 when Greenberg was working to put together the deal for Mario Lemieux to buy the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. Cuban, prior to owning the Dallas Mavericks, had investment interests, but it didn't work out.

"Then he bought the Mavericks," Greenberg said. "We bumped into each other very rarely for about 10 years after that and then we re-connected in December [2009], stayed in touch intermittently through email during the process, and ended up in a shootout."