Texas Ranger owner Brad Corbett, who said Monday night that he was selling the baseball club because "this thing is killing me" claimed yesterday that a former Texas congressman, Alan Steelman, was getting up a syndicate to buy the team.
However, Steelman, who now lives in Reston, said that he has not talked to Corbett about purchasing the Rangers. But he left the door open for future negotiations.
"He and I have been talking baseball for the last several months, but we never talked about it in terms of Texas," Steelman said. "I had no idea that it would be for sale."
Steelman said he first learned of Corbett's intentions with a Texas reporter called him yesterday morning to verify the owner's statement that he had heard from the former congressman from Dallas about the Ranger sale.
"I did not talk to him (Corbett) today," Steelman said. "But I do have an interest. It will depend on the financial shape of the team and the various parking, concession and television arrangements the team has made."
Steelman said he would not be a part of any effort to move the team from Arlington.
In an angry outburst after the Rangers suffered a 1-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals, Corbett said. "I'm selling the team. I can't stand it any more.
"I've got to think I'm responsible for what's wrong with the team. I guess som people have been right - my meddling has hurt.
"I know this. I've got players that I'd put compete confidence and faith in and I've found out that those players don't give a damn.
"They don't care about anything but drawing a paycheck. They are dogs on the field and dogs off the field," Corbett said.
Although he refused to name the players, Corbett went public with his disenchantment of the media, naming the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in particular. He cited a recent editorial and claimed it said "I was bringing shame on the city of Fort Worth . . . That cut deeper than anything else because I love Fort Worth and I moved my pipe business there."
Corbett, a 39-year-old millionaire, owns a plastic pipe manufacturing company.
"You'll never know the hardship this has been on my family," said Corbett. "I had wanted to leave this club to my children, but I doubt that it's something that I'd want to leave to my children.