A new Chuck takes on Texas

Updated: December 16, 2009, 10:46 AM ET
By Buster Olney
At the conclusion of the winter meetings last week, a fellow traveler introduced himself, and as we went through the security line, we started talking about baseball. He had grown up a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and his favorite player had been Roberto Clemente, and to this day a poster of Clemente is stuck to the wall of his old bedroom in his parents' house.

The news that Clemente had passed away had been devastating to him as a boy -- he was 11 years old at the time -- and so he made up his mind somewhere between then and adulthood that he would name a son after Clemente. His wife agreed -- in principle. She appreciated the sentiment. Time passed, a son was born, and it came time to name a baby. And his wife noted that the name Roberto Greenberg probably didn't have a lyrical sound to it.

So there were negotiations, and given that Clemente's full name was Roberto Walker Clemente, the boy was given a middle name of Walker by his proud father ... the traveler, Chuck Greenberg, the attorney who on Monday was told that his group has submitted the winning bid for the Texas Rangers. In the days ahead, he and Tom Hicks will negotiate the final details.