Saturday, April 3, 2010
Potential owner targets coming weeks
By Richard Durrett
FRISCO, Texas -- Chuck Greenberg will attend Opening Day on Monday, though not as the Texas Rangers' owner. He sees that changing in a matter of weeks.
"We're on the verge," said Greenberg, as he sat near the team's dugout with members of his family and watched the Rangers play the Kansas City Royals in an exhibition. "It's not an exact science to predict closing dates, but things are on track to get done the week of April 19th."
The deal still needs to be approved by 75 percent of Major League Baseball owners, but that is not expected to be an issue.
Tom Hicks, the Rangers' current owner, said he's invited Greenberg and team president Nolan Ryan's family to sit with him on Opening Day.
Greenberg is busy preparing for the transition of ownership. He visited Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Friday and said he talked to as many people as he could, including fans, ushers, EMTs and concession workers.
"They are all excited," Greenberg said. "It's a group that cares about their jobs and the fans. I wanted to get an idea of what more we could be doing."
Greenberg said he plans on attending as many road games as he can once he's the owner to get ideas from other parks and put together a plan to improve the ballpark and the overall fan experience.
He's talked about installing a large video board, but has other ideas he wants to mull over during the course of the season. He has stressed that park alterations aren't likely to occur until after this season.
"I can't wait for Opening Day and to get the season going," Greenberg said. "I think this team is better coming out of spring than we were going in. It should be a fun season."
Greenberg has a contract on a home in the suburb of Westlake and said he is looking forward to living in the area.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPN Dallas. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.