Tom Hicks has had plenty of ups and downs as the Texas Rangers owner since 1998, but his final couple of bows have been graceful.

Bringing back Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez to the Rangers in 2009 after a seven-year absence was a gratifying fan pleaser.

And now the cash-strapped Hicks, who’s trying to unload the team, is taking a somewhat philanthropic approach and granting exclusive negotiating rights to an investment group that includes Ryan as club president and minority owner.

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Ryan is a tireless worker, honest as the day is long, and Texan through and through.

This and this and this and this and this is the guy I want as the face of the Texas Rangers.