Dave, I'm not sure who last had the step ladder but you better find it.What do the Phillies have to do with the world series??? I thought Texas was playing San Fran? And someone mentioned Bush should get credit for the Rangers, even though he hasn't been involved for years?
Oh, just as an interesting side note, do you know how the current Ranger ballpark was built? By a combination of raising taxes on local residents, and seizing privately owned property for the staduim. They then defaulted on payments to those whose land was seized, leaving the debt unsettled until the new owners took over from Bush et al, and finally paid the debt.
In April 1989, the Rangers' owner, oil tycoon Eddie Chiles, sold the team to an investment group that included the future President of the United States George W. Bush. Bush would serve as the Rangers' managing general partner until he was elected Governor of Texas in 1994. After hearing that Chiles planned to sell the team, Bush headed a group of investors that bought the team for $89 million. While his own equity in the team was a small one (approximately 1 %) he was named Managing General Partner of the new ownership team. He increased his investment the following year.
During his tenure, the Rangers and the City of Arlington decided to replace the aging Arlington Stadium with a new publicly funded stadium, at a cost of $193 million, financed by Arlington residents, through a sales tax increase. Ground was broken on October 30, 1991 on what would become The Ballpark in Arlington (now named Rangers Ballpark in Arlington). The city, through the Arlington Sports Facilities Development Authority, also controversially authorized the seizure of 13 acres (53,000 m2) of land through eminent domain for the Rangers future development. Landowners filed lawsuits over the acquisition and eventually won settlements of $22.2 million which the Rangers failed to pay.
In 1998, venture capital billionaire Tom Hicks bought the team for $250 million. Hicks also agreed to pay the $22.2 million awarded in settlements in relation to the 1991 eminent domain litigation.