Chris: It’s good to lose to the Yankees in the playoffs. That would be considered a successful season for Texas Rangers fans, seeing as how the team’s only three playoff appearances in 39 seasons were ended by George Steinbrenner’s pinstriped investments. So the thought of Mark Cuban buying the team and installing cushioned dugouts was quite zestful . . . if only the Rangers were not poised to make the playoffs this season, largely in part to the man attending games who outbid Cuban, Nolan Ryan.
Joe: Cuban’s group wasn’t outbid, but simply out-structured by the Ryan group. Nevertheless, what Cuban would bring is money, and in today’s how-much-can-I-spend world of baseball, that would match even the Yankees.
Ralphie: He seems to have the money to make the game experience a big party.
Brad: No matter what Mark Cuban, does he will always attempt to buy his way into (or out of) anything. And he will always be flamboyant enough to grab at least three headlines a week on ESPN. Being an owner in MLB would not change the force Cuban has become. And quite frankly, the Cuban we have all learned to love.
Ralphie: I think he is more of a basketball fan.
Chris: For me, it basically came down to whether I wanted an owner who wears skintight T-shirts or skintight Wranglers. Everything is bigger in Texas, except for circulation. Nolan has been modeling Wranglers since before Brett Favre was in the NFL, meaning his jeans could be used for a Smithsonian exhibit.
Brad: Ralphie is so young, he doesn’t even recognize the owner of the Rangers.
Joe: Why are you guys always picking on Ralphie? I’ll bet he could beat all of us at “Marco Polo.”
Brad: Joe remembers the very first owner of the Rangers, how? Because Joe is so old, he played with him in high school. In the large scheme of things, I think Cuban would be bad for baseball.
Joe: He would make it entertaining. He might be the first owner to go on the field to argue a call and get thrown out by the umps. That would be worth the price of the beer at the ballpark.
Brad: If he did happen to buy a team, there would be many firework shows in the beginning, middle and end of his tenure, but he would light many things on fire in the process. Baseball has a code of unwritten rules, and ownership is no different. Cuban, however, feels he is the rules, and I just can’t see him succeeding as a MLB manager.
Ralphie: I just don’t know if he just wants to be the guest of honor at the party or if he is a true sports fan.
Chris: I’m just thrilled to hear the words “party,” “entertainment” and “baseball” be associated with one another and have it be due to Mark Cuban, as opposed to Miley Cyrus. Any team Cuban purchases would immediately become relevant. I’m hoping he’ll eventually buy a baseball team and get in a fistfight with Bud Selig.
Joe: If you consider baseball as entertainment-you bet! If you consider baseball as a sport-no way! If you consider it a sport that’s entertaining, then bring him on. Steinbrenner loved the sport, but he was the entertaining part.
Chris: Maybe I will place the Cubs or Pirates on Craigslist, since it’s free to post on there.
Ralphie: I don’t think so. Just because he is from Pittsburgh doesn’t mean he is the best choice. I like my team now so why mess up a good thing?
Brad: I would absolutely not want Cuban to buy the most prestigious team in the game today. Yes, I am speaking of my beloved New York Yankees. Although Cuban is a Paul Bunyan type character, he would not be able to handle the expectations of Yankee fans, no matter how much money he spends. Although the previous fabled New York owner did know how to roll out the dough, he also knew how to do something Cuban hasn’t quite figured out – win.
Chris: Cuban has perfected reaching the playoffs, seeing as how after not making the playoffs in the 10 years before he bought the club, the Mavs have made the playoffs in each of Cuban’s 10 full seasons. Cuban got so close to the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2006 that he could smell its breath. And if Bill Veeck can win a World Series in Cleveland, then Cuban’s chances of eating ice cream off of the Commissioner’s Trophy are fairly substantial.
Brad: Chris, one day if you work really, really hard, you might be able to buy those ol’ Rangers, but by then they will be worth about $100. But good luck, buddy!