“The President George W. Bush Owners Suite”

Eh, if a guy like Comiskey can have two ballparks named after him and a guy like Yawkey can have a Way, then I certainly don’t have any problem with this:

The Rangers are renaming the owner’s suite at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington after President George W. Bush.

Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, was the Rangers’ managing general partner from 1989-94 before becoming Governor of Texas. The suite, located directly behind home plate, will be named the “President George W. Bush Owners Suite.”

What gets me the most though is this:

Bush was the head of an ownership group that bought the team from Eddie Chiles in 1989 and eventually sold the team to Hicks in 1998. Bush was elected president in 2000 and did not return to the Ballpark until he threw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day this season.

The dude spent something like six weeks every summer of his presidency on a ranch 120 miles away. I know he was probably busy and everything, but the guy is the biggest baseball fan to ever hold the office. You tellin’ me he couldn’t have had the chopper take him to a game or two? Hell, if I were president I’d use the office to get me into so many ballgames that they’d impeach me after the first summer of my term.

“Hey John? Yeah, it’s me, President Calcaterra. Hey, I just thought I’d come up to Fenway this weekend to throw out the first pitch . . . Well, yes — , um yes, yes I know I did it last weekend . . . and, yeah, on Opening Day too, but . . . uh-huh . . .well, I just thought you’d like the President to be there, that’s all . . . yes, I HAVE heard of StubHub you smartass . . . well maybe I WILL call Hal. And by the way, your antitrust exemption is revoked . . . yes, just yours! [click]“

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  1. tadthebad said...

    That is some of your finest comedy.  “yes I HAVE heard of StubHub…”.  Classic.  Great stuff to take the edge off an otherwise decidedly unfunny day.

  2. tadthebad said...

    Quickly?  I don’t know, the sale was over ten years ago.  But more to the point, are you saying that a POTUS, any POTUS, was involved in shady dealings? 

    Wow.  I’m shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you.

  3. Richard in Dallas said...

    Wooden – There is nothing in that article that I can refute, BUT, there is certainly a lot that is left out.  Under Bush’s direct guidance, the Rangers went from being perennial, hapless losers, with the only question about their season being about whether they would finish last or next to last in their division, to winning three out of four division titles from 1996-1999. It was almost as if, when they moved from the minor league park with the added deck into the stately new Ballpark, they grew up.  They quickly reverted under the MISguidance of Hicks. 

    Also, yes, there was discussion of leaving Arlington, and moving all the way to…….. DALLAS!  Kind of like the Cowboys moving from Irving to Arlington.  It may be a big deal to the cities involved, but doesn’t make much difference to the fans in the area.  Apparantly, the city of Arlington likes their sports teams.  They made a similar deal with the Jones family and the Cowboys to build that behemouth that now casts a shadow on one of the most beautiful Ballparks in either league.  They are both within walking distance of Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor, and there are countless restaurants and a few hotels as well in what is referred to as the Arlington Entertainment District.  It wasn’t really that hard of a sell on Bush’s part.

    Just a couple of areas where the article didn’t go all the way and tell the WHOLE story….

  4. pete said...

    The account of GW’s ownership of the Rangers doesn’t seem especially out of the mainstream for sports ownership.

  5. tadthebad said...

    Wooden: It was a simple question, I wasn’t offering any opinion.  If you’re not capable of the analysis based on some emotional frustration, fine.

  6. darby ball said...

    …i seem to remember in Lords of the Realm, the real power with the ownership group wasn’t W…and in fact, Helyar strongly implied that it was pretty well known among owners/front office folks, that W was just the front guy.  And the real power with the group encouraged other owners/front office folks to humor W, but not to make it obvious to him that they were doing so…

  7. tadthebad said...

    What was intended to be a quick question that might trigger a decent discussion quickly metamorphosed into an online pissing match.  Sorry for contributing to that, Craig.

  8. Craig Calcaterra said...

    No worries, Tad. You’re all big kids and everyone has basically been playing nice enough.

  9. Wooden U. Lykteneau said...

    Assuming facts not in evidence, of course. Never mind that it was pretty clear that TTB was upset that I wouldn’t be baited into a political discussion.

  10. starkweather said...

    Didn’t he throw out the opneing day pitch for the Orioles or Nationals pretty much every year?  I was there to see him booed at the 1st game in the Nats new stadium, so that’s at least 1 out of 8…

  11. tadthebad said...

    Wooden: for clarification, I was not attempting to insult your intelligence or suggest you were not intellectually capable of comparing the different scenarios.  My point, however poorly communicated, was that the issue seems to be a particular source of outrage for you, which is why I wrote “emotional frustration”.  I didn’t offer any opinion, I was only seeking yours.  Political discussion would have been fine, as would have a simple “yes” or “no”.  It is possible and enlightening to discuss different political/idealogical perspectives without being argumentative; ultimately, that is where I wanted to go. 

    The floor is yours.  Have a nice weekend.

  12. Wooden U. Lykteneau said...

    Hmmm…the floor… whether to make a “History of the World. Part I” reference or “<a >Meet The Spartans</a>” reference? Go with MTS it’s more recent.

    (This in keeping with Craig’s liking of absurd pop culture references wink

  13. Wooden U. Lykteneau said...

    You’re right, TTB. That should have been in the singular form, since it primarily refers to the immediately preceding comment.

  14. tadthebad said...

    I’m afraid I still do not understand the reference as it applies to the immediately preceding comment.  Mind flushing that out for me?

  15. Wooden U. Lykteneau said...

    I’m referring to Richard in Dallas’s typed-with-one-hand comment about the Ballpark in Arlington and the new Cowboys stadium. Apparently, corruption is all well and good so long as the billionaires let the great unwashed pay to play in their taxpayer-funded sandboxes.

    The underlying point, which I’m now not sure if folks are unable or unwilling to comprehend, is that of course the Rangers are going to name a suite after the person that helped make their boondoggle possible – why wouldn’t they?

  16. tadthebad said...

    Thank you.  I’m not sure that was Richard’s point, but regardless, does this strike you as any more egregious than many other pro-sports subsidy snafus?

  17. Wooden U. Lykteneau said...

    So because there have been similar ethical transgressions this is somehow mitigated? Sorry, I don’t do relativistic moralism.

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