As a group, my guess is you would be hard-pressed to find many Texas Rangers fans who would have positive words to say about former team owner Tom Hicks. Largely blamed for the team’s waning financial struggles — including the albatross Alex Rodgriguez contract that still looms over the Ballpark — Hicks was reviled during his time in Arlington.
At least they’ll be happy to see that he may be leaving the Lone Star State. According to website Significant Homes, Hicks is putting his massive Dallas estate on the market for a cool $135 million.
The estate is 28,999 square feet — why that’s necessary, I’ll never understand — and includes built-in creeks, ponds and other finery which was originally intended for the estate’s original owner, Italian count Pio Crespi.
The three-story pool house (7,200 square feet) and the two story guest house (6,300 square feet) are larger than most luxury homes you’ll find anywhere in Dallas — or anywhere else for that matter.
It’s truly a representation of the excess which has followed Tom Hicks everywhere he has gone, from ownership stakes in the Rangers, to the Dallas Stars, and even world-renowned English Premier League squad Liverpool FC — of which he sold his shares in 2010 after fan disgust.
Maybe Tom Hicks really does need the money after all, and that extra $135 million — assuming someone is waiting in the wings to spring for a 29,000 square foot mansion –would be a god send.
Who knows for sure, but either way it’s hard to feel sorry for someone that once had a 7,200 square foot pool house.
I know, call me a cynic.