The Texas Rangers might need a new owner, but Tom Hicks can't count on getting any of Troy Aikman's money. The Cowboys legend bought a stake in the Padres with his pal Jeff Moorad earlier this year and dropped in on his new subjects on Thursday, throwing a first pitch that bounced on the plate before reaching Padres pitcher Chris Young.
His errant toss, though, didn't stop him from telling a few jock war stories (video) like the time the Mets were interested in drafting a young Aikman, even though he was considered the best prep quarterback in the country and was destined to play down the road in Norman.
"The night before the Draft they called and said, 'Look, we have to know what it's going to take for you to come to the Mets. We don't want to waste a pick.'"
Aikman gave them a number — $200,000.
"This guy on the other line had this incredulous voice and said, 'What? Darryl Strawberry doesn't even make $200,000,'" Aikman said.
The Mets representative scoffed at the offer but wished him well at Oklahoma.
Though the Ricketts family just tried hitting up Chicago's most famous celebrities for cash to buy the Cubs, I'm not aware of too many other celebrities with stakes in MLB teams.
Who else is out there?
- Jeff Moorad