Faced with the conflict of Opening Day in Arlington and the UEFA quarterfinal in Liverpool, Hicks made the decision most of us Yankees would.
That choice predictably didn't go over very well with the fans of the Liverpool soccer club that Hick also owns. So when the "Scousers" earned an exciting 4-2 victory over Arsenal to advance, they felt the need to look across the Atlantic and gloat for a wee bit.
A sampling of the scoffing from across the pond:
Times Online: "Tom Hicks, of course, was at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, watching, he said, on television in his private box. Even as a self-confessed baseball nut, he must have realised that his decision — like so many of them — utterly sucked."
From The Anfield: "So there you have it, a season opener in a 162 game baseball season is more important to Hicks than a quarter final second leg in Europe’s most prestigious competition, at Anfield, against Arsenal. Does he seriously think that’s good enough as the co-owner of Liverpool Football Club?"
The Observer Blog (from a reader who apparently favors Arsenal): "I heard a rumor that Tom Hicks will be watching one of his other teams, baseball's Texas Rangers, play tonight instead of attending this match. Texas sucks — watching them makes Liverpool look exciting."
Currently, Hicks is trying to take total control of the team from co-owner (and fellow American) George Gillett, so you think his presence would have been appreciated in Anfield.
But when you consider that his son has been spit on and doused with beer at a soccer match in the past, maybe Hicks made the right decision after all in staying home and watching his baseball team, even if it lost 8-1 to the Orioles. I mean, would you want to come in contact with the soccer fans pictured above?
(As an aside, if any reader can make any sense of that sign, I'll assume you always refer to Madonna as 'Madge.')
- Tom Hicks
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