Friday, January 15, 2010

An Open Letter to Tom Hicks: Voodoo Economics & Advice From Kenny Rogers

Dear Mr. Hicks -

The widespread speculation is that you are dragging your feet on completing the negotiations to sell the Rangers to Mr. Greenberg and his partners, so that you might still have the possiblity of controling the team Here is the bottom line: I am telling you to stop that notion - stop it right now.

We Ranger fans have been held hostage long enough because of your missteps. As we all know, the previous owner's father had a term for the way you leveraged yourself into the business quagmire you are in today: voodoo economics. When you build your financial house on a foundation of shifting sand, a good strong wind can topple it pretty quickly.Risky ventures define themselves by that title - now it's time to pay for those dicey deals you made during the good times.

Mr. Greenberg has offered you a portion of the team - considering your well known financial problems - why don't you do something you've never done before: just accept it gracefully and move on. I think I speak for many fans when I say, that's about the only way you will not incur the further wrath of a fan base that probably dislikes you more than any Rangers owner that I can recall.

If you love this team as much as you profess to, then you realize that they are on the verge of being something pretty good and that your continued stewardship (and I use that term loosely in connections with the Hicks ownership) will hold the Rangers back rather than help them move ahead.

Take the advice of Kenny Rogers (the singer - not the pitcher):

"Know when hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when walk away
Know when to run"

Mr. Hicks it's time to fold 'em and run.


Eleanor "Marla Hooch" Czajka
Ranger Fan since 1979

P.S. If you feel as strongly as I do regarding Tom Hicks and the sale of the Rangers - please contact Bud Selig at the address and phone number listed below (couldn't find an e-mail for the commissioner's office)

Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Commissioner
245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10167
Phone: (212) 931-7800


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