The sick, sad thing is that my best friends are lawyers, and this is what they do for a living, and they do it very well:
Tensions boiled over Friday in a federal courtroom in Fort Worth after a judge warned that the Texas Rangers could remain in limbo for the rest of the season.
An attorney for baseball commissioner Bud Selig, speaking later on an open phone line, reacted angrily, saying: “If he doesn’t confirm the plan we’ll just terminate the franchise. We’ll take over the (expletitive) franchise.”
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael Lynn kicked off the fireworks during an emergency hearing requested by prospective new owners Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan.
They had asked Lynn to reverse a Thursday ruling that delayed a decision on the team’s bankruptcy plan, which was designed to help complete the sale to a group led by Greenberg and Ryan. The delay was designed to give a mediator time to work through disagreements.
Lynn agreed to return to the July 9 date, but delivered a tongue-lashing as he warned that the bankruptcy could drag on if the team’s revised reorganization and purchase plans don’t pass muster.
“You guys, not me, you guys are the ones who pushed for this,” Lynn told Greenberg and Ryan, who were nonetheless pleased by the ruling. “For the sake of the Rangers, I do not want to see this team stuck in Chapter 11 until this fall.”
Lynn didn’t stop there, and at least one attorney’s face turned scarlet as he continued.
“We will not decide based on what the fans want … what the media wants … what Mr. Ryan or Mr. Greenberg wants, or what Bud Selig wants,” Lynn thundered from the bench.
I just want to give a big ol’ Texas Up Yours to all the assholes here. Best season in a decade, and it’s corrupted by lawyers, financiers, judges, and other hangers-on looking to pick up a new Bentley for their mistresss.
I’ve been a 12-year old boy loving this baseball team since the day they crossed the Red River, and I expect and have received in my 38 fan-years nothing but disappointment. But to have it come from a damn courtroom makes me feel pretty bloody. Especially to hear a federal judge blow off fans that way. Some bailiff better hip that sumbitch that it’s the fans what pays the bills, up to and including his federal fucking salary.
Of course, it’s the dumb MFing fans like me who keep coming back and keep coming back and keep coming back that all these jackleg shade-trees are fighting over. I’d kind of like to see one of these silk-suited humpers acknowledge that in a sincere manner.
Bastards. I hope they all get inoperable jock itch and their balls fall off, or something horribly nasty that’s completely personal. This is baseball, you idiots — go screw up basketball, something nobody will miss. Leave my baseball alone.