Friday, September 9, 2011

Feeling bad for Jim Crane

Prospective Astros owner Jim Crane is getting pissed, and it's hard to blame him.

If you're a loyal, or even a not-so-loyal, Astros County reader, you'll note that we have linked to every story Maury Brown has published, be it through the Biz of Baseball or Forbes, on updates on the sale of the Astros. None of these reports - none of any report - have been favorable. (That's not a criticism of Brown. He's basically been the sole writer to bring Crane's previous activities to prominent light.) At best, Crane is a bad American, profiting unfairly from The War. At worst, he's a horrible person: petty, dishonest, racist, domestically violent.

There hasn't been a single person - other than Drayton - who has come forward on Crane's behalf to say, "You know, there's more to the stories you've been given."

Crane couldn't take it anymore. And frankly, who could blame him? I would gouge someone's eyes out if they went to the press on me with a lot less.

Everything from Crane's past: the EEOC, the war profiteering, the domestic disturbance allegations that prompted Crane to speak out to the Chronicle, has been covered before. Every single item that has come up about Crane's past was a matter of public record, whether it was in the Chronicle or the Houston Press. That this is the first time Bud Selig has heard of these allegations, and that he "needs more time" to do his due diligence indicates - to me - two things:

1. Crane was never taken seriously as a prospective owner of the Cubs or Rangers, or the Astros in 2008. Or else all of these issues would have been taken care of.

2. Selig is taking his role as Baseball's Morality Policeman very seriously, thanks to the problems initiated by the McCourts and the Wilpons.

I understand the desire to keep baseball clean and pure, or, in a state that is completely impossible to maintain. If Crane can't come up with a good explanation for any allegation, then it's a different story. But perhaps the reason that Crane hasn't given so much as a middle finger to the press is because he couldn't. He has no official role in baseball until Selig approves his sale. And it's bad form to run your mouth before you've been approved, or rejected.

Do I want the Astros to have a crook running the show? Absolutely not. But he at least deserves a chance to get a chance to talk to Selig.

Richard Justice says this will infuriate Bud Selig. And frankly, I really don't care if it does. Crane should be allowed to answer every single one of these allegations, because what plays out in this episode is not confined to his, or his family's, life with Selig's decision. It's going to come up any time Jim Crane's name is mentioned.


Warren said...

Crane is a low life piece of slime and Drayton knew that when he agreed to sell the team to him. Just 2 dirty dogs doing business together.

Blazemule said...

Ok, deal off, get Friedman's dad in here and get this thing started. That way Andrew Friedman will be GM and we can rock this joint! We don't need this much debt coming into this sale, and hopefully Friedman will be better equiped to say hell no to the move to the AL. MLB is being a bunch of freaking punks, we have been in the NL for 75+ years give or take, make Colorado go and we can move to the NL West. We want to opportunity to have a all Texas WS.

Anonymous said...

lol at "75+ years, give or take". You're taking 25. 2011-1962=50 seasons.

Moving to the West is a dumb idea, regardless of league affiliation. Nobody wants to watch games that start at 9:05 and end after midnight. Some of us have to work for a living.

Anonymous said...

Oh, so now Crane is a low-life piece of slime. You have fallen to the propaganda machine that is MLB.

Blazemule said...

Ha ha, I was totally guessing at the time, for some reason thought we just had a 75 years of Astros or something, still it is a hell of a lot longer than some of the teams that are candidates. This wouldn't have been an issue if the Expos would have moved to Las Vegas or Salt Lake instead of Washington. I don't care about Crane's stuff that much, I just want Friedman to own the team.

Anonymous said...

Infuriate Bud Selig...?


Let me get this straight...

Jim "Guido" Crane, ie, the man who would own your Astros, has now made a public statement that affirms that he'll move the Astros to the American League as long as he is compensated financially for doing so.

Bud Selig's ire doesn't even barely register in comparison to the ire of many of us fans.

Bud, at least, is going to get his realignment... Crane, at least, is going to get his power lust to own a baseball franchise... and what do we get?

Us fans get to bend over and take it.

Reuben said...

The 50 years of history in the NL is something that doesn't get mentioned enough. To have our team all of a sudden playing the A's, Angels, etc. all the time would be spitting in the face of the history the Astros have with the Cardinals, Reds, etc. not to mention NL non-division rivals like the Braves, Dodgers, etc.

I really hope Crane or whoever ends up being the next owner doesn't cave. How about moving the Brewers back to the AL? What's wrong with that?

John M. said...

I really hope Crane gets kicked to the curb soon. He only got as far as he has because Drayton couldn't keep it in his pants when he found out Crane was willing to finance overpaying to such an extreme degree. The character issues on top of that should make him a non-starter for any level of MLB ownership