Aug 3, 2010, 2:03 PM EST
Many have suggested that Mark Cuban and Houston Businessman Jim Crane are not wanted by Major League Baseball (note: his name has been legally changed to “Houston Businessman Jim Crane.” I’m totally not effing with you here). But maybe in baseball as in nature, two negatives make a positive:
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban could make a joint bid for the Rangers with Houston investor Jim Crane to counter Nolan Ryan’s group at Wednesday’s auction, the latest twist in the ballclub’s bankruptcy drama.
“We’re exploring working with Crane,” Cuban’s staff attorney, Dan Jauchen, said Monday after the court-appointed chief restructuring officer disclosed the development. Jauchen then zipped his mouth, refusing even to confirm his own name – supplied later by another Cuban lawyer.
It says a lot about the nearly year-long Rangers’ odyssey that a well-paid lawyer everyone knows zipping his lip and refusing to confirm his own name is not the silliest thing that has happened. I totally expect tomorrow’s auction to end with Chuck Greenberg taking himself hostage like Clevon Little in “Blazing Saddles,” telling everyone “don’t move or the lawyer/mogul gets it!”
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