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  1. Comment by Joe Primavera — September 10, 2009 at 7:03 pm  

    My kids and grandkids have all been to the Museum and loved it. We have followed baseball , the Rangers and Nolan Ryan all the way to Cooperstown. A lot of people are not so fortunate. The Legends of The Game Museum represents the best kind of thinking that goes on when community leaders with vision and business leaders with courage and passion and memories of their youth do the right thing.

    Tom Hicks hasn’t done the right thing in a very long time. He bought an English “football “team and will sellout the youth of Texas and the surrounding 5 state area. Where are the leaders now???

  2. Comment by RICHARD BROWNING — September 10, 2009 at 9:09 pm  

    SIGN/SLOGAN IDEAS from the field of dreams
    “It is money they have, and peace they lack”
    HICKS: “Go the Distance”
    I wish Hicks would say: ” when did these ball players get here?”

  3. Comment by Helen — September 11, 2009 at 2:48 pm  

    SAVE THE LEGENDS MUSEUM!

  4. Comment by regena — September 11, 2009 at 8:37 pm  

    Please make this avail to forward. I would like to send it as an email.

  5. Comment by Anne Ansley — September 11, 2009 at 9:13 pm  

    Please pass on my disagreement of closing this museum. My nine year old son loves baseball and the Rangers. He had his first “real” birthday party at The Legends museum when he turned five. Mr. Hicks is taking away a wonderful part of the Ballpark and should be ashamed of himself for trying to make more money for something and from something he wants to sell. Please keep the museum, Mr. Hicks. When you sell the Rangers you won’t have to worry about it anymore anyway.

    Thanks for your time.

    Anne Ansley

  6. Comment by Kari Lockwood — September 11, 2009 at 9:19 pm  

    Darwin, I am soooo sad to hear about this! (I heard it on the news tonight.) I am a teacher in Coppell and I have brought my students to the museum every year for the past 6 years. It is such an incredible learning experience and the kids absolutely LOVE coming. It would be such a tragedy to lose this “gem”. I hope that they reconsider this awful decision. I posted a link to this site on my Facebook page and hope that others will visit to sign the petition! (P.S. – You have been our tour guide for the past 2 years and we think that you are awesome!)

  7. Comment by Charlie Flores — September 12, 2009 at 9:27 am  

    Mr. Day,

    Thank you so much for taking this on. I have been a visitor to the museum many times. I love going to the second floor to see the Texas Ranger collection. My kids who are now 11 and 8 have been their several times as well and enjoyed running around and playing on the third floor. I have signed the petition but will not be able to make the protest because of little league games that day. I will do my best to spread the word. Thanks again and good luck.

  8. Comment by Carlos CoySeptember 12, 2009 at 9:41 am  

    Close the muesum and go find a new job. I think thats what you are crying for because you are to lazy to find a new. Thank you! Close it down.

  9. Comment by Jorge Velez — September 14, 2009 at 7:36 am  

    Hi, I worked at the museum as a ticket seller in 1999 and 2000 working under the supervision of Barbara Desmaris and think that it is so sad to think they Rangers are considering closing the museum. I did a couple of Hispanic tours with some of the kids from ESL schools in the Metroplex and the kids just love this stuff! I know the 3rd floor has some amazing hands-on activities for the kids to not only learn about baseball, but learn about the physics of sports! The theater in the museum is plenty big enough to hold corporate events, so I don’t know why they would want to make it more into a corporate meeting place.

    Kudos to you for putting this site and this effort together. My hat goes off to you for all of your work. I wish you all the best as you work towards keeping the doors open in a gem of a museum in Arlington.

    And just as a snide P.S. to the Rangers….if they actually would be able to make it all the way to the playoffs and perhaps *gasp* into the World Series then more people would be attending the game which equals more opportunity to get more people into the museum! So don’t even think about starting to point fingers saying the museum’s attendance has been dismal-if the team plays well, more people will come!

    Jorge Velez

  10. Comment by Admin — September 14, 2009 at 2:34 pm  

    Hi Regena,

    The Fox News clip about the Museum closure can be forwarded by clicking on the link at the bottom right of the video player located on our Media page. To get there or just click on the ‘Press/Media’ link on the right menu bar.

    Thanks.
    Site Administrator

  11. Comment by Tammy — September 14, 2009 at 4:19 pm  

    I am SO proud to know you!!!!!!

    I will be in NYC myself, ironically, on 9/19, we fly home at noon- on vacation there 9/16-9/19- so I can’t be at the protest, but I DO have a Willie Mays signed baseball I could loan on behalf of Hunter to the museum if that helps.

    You know, to have the community kids loan stuff on their own to the museum; how can they deny space to the kids who love the game, and their parents?

    OMG I hope you see Bud Selig in person to plead the case.

    I have sent this, with your website, and the link to the news story to every human I know.

    If you need me to do something while I am in Manhattan I will do it.

    Hunter will loan the museum a Willie Mays baseball to keep it open.

    Tammy

  12. Comment by Brad Thompson — September 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm  

    I just heard the report on Channel 4 saying the Rangers are going to close the Legends museum. This is a travesty!! It not only shows what ownership and management think of the game of baseball, it shows they have no respect for their fans. This decision stinks of nothing more than a money decision. Why is this owner making such a decision for a team he will not own in 3 months? This owner has proven over the last 10 years he has no clue in making baseball decisions and has proven he has no clue in making business decisions when it comes to sports. This stadium already has at least 4 restaurant/bar locations for social gatherings and even on sellout nights they are not full. The location of the museum is such that you cannot see one pitch of the game, so what is the need for another bar? The Cuervo Bar, which Hicks put in, is half empty on game nights. The Diamond Club is half empty on game nights. TGIFridays left because it was half empty on game nights. People may want to stop in these places for a quick beer between innings or to cool off for an inning but they always go back to their seats. That is because they want to experience the game outdoors, even if it’s hot, if they wanted to watch the game in a bar they would do so at their local pub.

    Every time I go to the Legends museum, and I stroll in about every other game, I see a father talking to his son or a grandfather talking to his grandson telling him about how he saw this player or this game when he was a kid and the joy and the bond that develops between the two just because of a jersey or a picture hanging on the wall.

    More than any other sport baseball is tied to it’s history and to take this away from the youth and the fans of the Metroplex is criminal! Especially when it is done just to make a buck!

    Hicks, realistically, how much money are you going to make by closing this museum?

    If you need money so bad why don’t you sell your 30 million dollar home or your 500 million dollar bloody soccer team and quit screwing with OUR baseball team and OUR beautiful ballpark!

  13. Comment by John S. — September 14, 2009 at 4:28 pm  

    Good show:
    You might want to mention that those 20,000 students who come through the museum are future ticket buyers, and ticket sales do result in many cases by purchases made by the chaperones.

    Keep up the good work.

  14. Comment by Gary K. — September 14, 2009 at 4:30 pm  

    I love the quote from Field of Dreams; Abra and I know it and much of the other dialog from the movie by heart. The sentences immediately preceding what you included are perhaps even better: “The one constant has been baseball, Ray. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But … ” The whole monologue is pure poetry, and one of the many points in the movie that set me shameless a’bawlin’.

  15. Comment by WD — September 15, 2009 at 5:10 pm  

    My mother was a HUGE baseball fan, as are her children and grandchildren. She passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2000. I would love to have the chance to see Lou’s (and many other baseball players) memorabilia. Please let this museum live on!!!

  16. Comment by Mark B. — September 15, 2009 at 5:57 pm  

    My wife and I got married and had our reception at the museum on May 30, 2009. Please don’t close it! We would love to be able to go back every year around our anniversary to celebrate.

  17. Comment by Duane K. — September 16, 2009 at 7:52 am  

    Thanks for doing this. A few weeks ago I wrote an e-mail to the Rangers protesting the closing but no reply. I made a point as you have that they have virtually no publicity or programs to attract visitors. A few years ago the same intention was announced, and I wrote then. At least Jim Lites, then President, answered. I have to doubt if my e-mail this time even got to any executive. The Rangers used to have individual names on their site to contact, but no longer, as you probably know. My grandson and I went to the Museum on
    opening day years ago and remains a sweet memory. The Rangers could hold autograph signings at the Museum, have those cute kids on TV commercials do a couple of minutes in the Museum looking at the Babe’s, Hank’s, Feller’s, Stan’s, and Ted’s memorabilia, etc., but they do nothing. I think Hicks purposefully holds back spending money to publicity so he can use it for the big bucks. I am in my 70’s so I can’t get out as much as I used to, but I will try to join your
    protest on Saturday.

  18. Comment by Anonymous — September 16, 2009 at 12:16 pm  

    Closing the museum is short-sided. How many Metroplex children will develop a respect and understanding for baseball just by touring the Legends museum? How many of those same children will turn into ticket-buying customers in the future? One more generic meeting room that gets used a few dozen times a year and sits empty the rest of the time is not smart business. The Rangers’ bean counters must think they will save a few dollars by closing the museum, but as with most bean counters, they fail to understand that today’s gain is tomorrow’s loss. Invest a few dollars into maintenance and marketing and the museum would be busy all the time. If it makes money, consider it a bonus. Otherwise, view it as a way to strike up a connection with fans. Take advantage of the 10s of thousands of people who will be visiting the Cowboys Stadium down the street and promote the museum as a great pre or post-stadium activity. Host special events at the museum to make people aware it even exists. Autograph Wednesdays should be held inside the museum. In-game promos should be aired live from the museum. How about making the between-inning trivia contest be hosted from or inside the museum? When Ken Burns was at a recent game, why didn’t the team host something special with him in the museum? After all, he’s the face of baseball history for people who were fans of his terrific PBS baseball series. The only time I can think of when the museum is promoted is during the season ticket holders event. I, for one, will be very disappointed if the museum closes.

  19. Comment by Joe Primavera — September 16, 2009 at 2:10 pm  

    John Blake, of the Rangers said attendance at the Museum has been declining ( John’s a good guy and has a job to do), but wake up Rangers—-your attendance has been dropping every year—you think that effects the Museum. This has been an ownership group that has never figured it out. Did you need anymore insight then the disasterous A-Rod deal.

    We need to let Hicks , future owners, Nolan Ryan (if not a future owner),
    Arlington politicians that this closing is not acceptable. It is another promise reneged upon…..this is for the kids and us old guys the love the nostalgia and the opportunity to pass it on….

  20. Comment by Warren W. — September 16, 2009 at 8:19 pm  

    I agree with most if not all of what has already been said. On top of that, I remember when we were voting on the new ballpark. The voters and the children were promised that an education program as well as the museum would be open year-round if the voters would support the Ballpark.

  21. Comment by Tom T — September 17, 2009 at 9:05 am  

    I would love to see the museum stay as I and my children have enjoyed it in the past. With that said, as a result of your article I thought about planning another family trip to the museum, since it has been several years, but I was shocked at how much admission now is. Twelve bucks an adult may not seem like a lot to some, but for two adults and say two (of my 5 kids – for an avg sized family) my total cost for an hour or so of memorabilia is too much to justify. I think that the low attendance is due to this fact. I would hope that the admission prices would go back down to 6 and 3 to make more affordable to most families.

  22. Comment by Amy — September 17, 2009 at 7:25 pm  

    My husband and I got married at Legends almost 7 years ago! It would be devastating to us to know that the place we were married will be gone! I signed the petition and will check back often to see if I can do anything else. Thank you for putting up this website.

  23. Comment by Sarah P. — September 17, 2009 at 7:49 pm  

    My husband and I were married at the Legends Museum in June. It’s such an awesome place- all of our guests were so surprised that it even existed and were really impressed when they saw how awesome it is! We, too, would be devistated to see it go! It’s the perfect place to celebrate baseball and any other special event. We only heard about it through word-of-mouth. I agree that an advertising campaign would be very productive in increasing attendance. Please don’t let such an awesome piece of the ballpark vanish without giving it a fair chance!

  24. Comment by Mrs. W. — September 17, 2009 at 8:09 pm  

    I feel that this is a sad decision on someones part.
    My son is 12 years old and loves the Rangers Ballpark and museum dearly. He has been building the Ballpark with the museum for years at home out of just basic paper,tape,and drawing out every detail. It has enriched his knowledge in the history of the All-American Baseball which in history has came a very long way. Without this museum – kids like mine will no longer be able to just stand and stare at the displays in awe and honor and wishing how much they would have
    loved to have been a part of the Great American past-time history.
    The Rangers Ballpark is the only proper place for the museum.
    Without the museum at the Ballpark kids will no longer be able to Dream that one day maybe they too will be able to share that Dreams do come true with others and hoping to be that next Ledgend in Baseball’s history.What a hole at Rangers Ballpark this will leave in every child and adults enjoyment and knowledge as well as disrepect for those who have worked so hard to recieve the honor of being able to share with others.
    Please don’t close the Museum.

  25. Comment by SRD — September 18, 2009 at 11:13 pm  

    Close this place down! We read this article in the newspaper, drove over 150 miles and took our kids out of school early just so we could go to this Museum – AND it was closed to the public because of some private corporate party there. On a Friday Night with a Rangers Home Game going on. We got there at 4:00 and the game started at 7:00 and they told us to go elsewhere. Where? The Rawlings Sports Grill in the Ballpark is now also closed, the Diamond Club – try getting a live person to answer the phone there. We went back out of the Ballpark and ate at Joe’s up the road and watched the Rangers lose again.

    IDIOTS that run this thing into the ground are the ones that need replacing.

  26. Comment by FanoftheGame — September 19, 2009 at 9:58 pm  

    Wow!!! I just found out about the closing today. I have a loan agreement with the museum for items on display. It was surprising since they wanted a two year commitment this spring. I have had items loaned to the museum for 9 years. The museum was a ghost town on my last visit. The only ones in the museum were the legends. It’s a shame. It’s one of the nice baseball museums in the country. I have loaned the items to the museum for my free admission to the museum. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown wanted to display these items. I will probably moving these items to a museum out of the DFW area once the museum is closed. There is a group in Houston trying to start a “Texas Baseball Hall of Fame” museum. Their dream is to have a museum like the Legends of the Game museum.

  27. Comment by AD Lillie — September 20, 2009 at 11:27 am  

    I brought my kids to the ballpark a few years ago to pick up some tickets. We also took a ballpark tour, but the gem of our visit was the time we spent walking through the museum and marveling at all of the wonderful artifacts from baseball’s history. The only thing missing was my father, a former minor leaguer, who would have loved to have been there, too. The museum is a treasure full of baseball treasures. To close this would be a travesty.

    Come on, Tom Hicks, it’s time to stand for something other than the all mighty dollar. Why don’t you stand up for the great game of baseball for a change?! Oh, and maybe – just maybe – if you marketed the museum so that people actually knew it existed, then perhaps more people would visit. With the new Cowboys Stadium now open, that corner of Arlington should be on every tourist’s list of attractions to visit while in the DFW area. And that includes the museum. To close it down now would be just plain stupid…from a fan’s perspective and from a business perspective.

  28. Comment by Clint B. — September 20, 2009 at 1:27 pm  

    This is really sad. One of my fondest memories is going to this museum with my grandfather not long before he died. No doubt there are countless similar memories that others have.

    For Rangers ownership to consider closing such a treasure is a slap in the face to all baseball fans…especially considering that the team will more than likely have new ownership within the next year. I understand that things are tough economically for everyone, but closing this museum just doesn’t make sense from any perspective. There are plenty of other ways that the Rangers can raise money, from publicizing the already existing considerable meeting space at the ballpark, to asking fans to come see a game because this team is still in the middle of a pennant race, to simply just marketing the museum as a one-of-a-kind museum among major league baseball stadiums (I know other parks have museums, but the Rangers ballpark is the only one that has so much stuff from Cooperstown).

    If this museum closes, I will never set foot in the ballpark again. It pains me to say that because I’m a lifelong baseball fan (over 30 years), but sometimes stands have to be taken.

  29. Comment by SG — September 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm  

    CLOSING THE MUSEUM IS IDIOTIC. How else can we pass on the beautiful heritage of baseball legends in the DFW area?

  30. Comment by Baseball Fan — September 21, 2009 at 10:14 am  

    I find it unacceptable that the Rangers Organization would consider
    closing The Museum…

    The Rangers are a baseball organization and the Legends Museum is
    probably one the best baseball museums this side of Cooperstown…

    I don’t mean to be rude, but this decison is way over the top…

    The name of what we are doing at the Rangers Stadium is BASEBALL…
    It is not about have conference rooms… It is BASEBALL,,,

    Where is Nolan Ryan ??? or has he surrendered to the pencil pushers ???

    Please stop this nonsense an leave the Legends Museum alone…

  31. Comment by FanoftheGame — September 21, 2009 at 11:36 am  

    Here’s a suggestion. Since the musuem is truly closing, why don’t the Rangers have free admission or half price admission the last week of the season. Maybe, it will boost attendance for the last 3 games. The cost will be immaterial and it would be a Goodwill gesture to the fans of the game.

  32. Comment by hookem — September 21, 2009 at 11:37 am  

    I’ve toured the museum on more than one occasion and can’t imagine losing it. Once again, MLB ignores it’s fans and bows to men in suits.

    For a museum of this caliber to be closed so people who make six figure salaries can have a place to meet is unthinkable. There are plenty of other places to hold meetings. There is no need to ruin this great piece of The Ballpark.

    My father and I toured the Legends Of The Game before he passed and I still hold that memory close to my heart.

    Don’t take that feeling away from others.

  33. Comment by Candi Keeton — September 21, 2009 at 2:54 pm  

    I HAD THE PLEASURE OF BEING A TOUR GUIDE DURING THE 2003 SEASON. I WORKED MANY COPORATE EVENTS AT THE LEGENDS MUSEUM. PEOPLE LOVED THESE EVENTS. THEY HAD FOOD AND DRINKS CATERED IN AND THE GAME WAS INCLUDED. MOST HAD NO IDEA THAT THE MUSEUM WAS EVEN THERE. THERE WAS PLENTY OF ROOM FOR THE EVENTS. I THINK IF YOU ASKED THOSE THAT SCHEDULED THESE EVENTS THEY WOULD SAY THAT THE EVENT WAS A HUGH SUCCESS. WE ALSO DID TOURS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND SCHOOLS. I HONESTLY CAN NOT RECALL ANYONE WHO DID NOT LOVE THIS PLACE. I THINK, AS MENTIONED BY OTHERS THAT THE LEGENDS IS NOT ADVERTISED ENOUGH. THIS MUSEUM IS FULL OF HISTORY AND INFORMATION IT IS SO UNIQUE. I CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT ANYONE WOULD CONSIDER CLOSING IT. THIS MUSEUM SHOULD BE A HUGH ASSET IF MARKETED CORRECTLY.

  34. Comment by Eugene K. — September 22, 2009 at 3:20 pm  

    I have been informed, that in all likelihood, the Museum will be closing at the end of October. For many reasons, this saddens me deeply. One of the reasons is that I have been taking my grandchildren to an event, “Batty in the Ballpark”, every year since its inception. Even now that I live in Oklahoma, will drive down to attend this event with the children. And, I was planning on doing so again this year until I heard the news. Until I heard the bad news.

    I have attended many events at the museum over the years and visited it often. It is just sad that, in the search for the ultimate return on the dollar, family and tradition take a distant second seat.

    Please forward this email to the powers that be.

  35. Comment by BB — September 22, 2009 at 7:49 pm  

    Shame on you, Tom Hicks! The museum is a fabulous place and an asset to the Ballpark. The sooner a new owner comes in, the better. Go focus on your soccer team.

    Everyone who commented that schoolkids are the future ticket buyers are correct. There are so many other things for kids to focus on these days that it isn’t as automatic as it used to be that baseball will be of interest to kids. Of course, you’ll have borrowed money for another venture by the time these kids are really the ticket buying public. Boo Hicks!

  36. Comment by Jeff Siegel — September 23, 2009 at 11:53 am  

    Just another example of why the Rangers will never be anything other than second rate. Would the Yankees do something like this?

  37. Comment by D. Riser — September 26, 2009 at 3:07 pm  

    The museum is one of the most charming aspects of the Ballpark. I hope the Rangers find a way for it to stay open. I’ve certainly enjoyed the times that I have visited it, and I always mention (with pride) the museum to out of town guests that they should tour it.

  38. Comment by Kerri — September 26, 2009 at 7:55 pm  

    We often bring our two boys here, as well as any visitors. We have had birthdays and planned corporate functions here. We love it! It is a wonderful place to share with all your fans!

  39. Comment by Kenneth & Laura Ranger — September 28, 2009 at 8:57 pm  

    I suggest you contact the local news networks. My husband and I took a visit to the museum this last summer and loved it. We have talked about making it a tradition. SAVE THE LEGENDS!!!We are avid Ranger fans…and not because it is our name but because they are a hometown team and the ball park has a hometown feel. We make as many games as time will allow in our schedules and remark each
    and everyone of those times that we cant wait until the next vist to the Legends Museum, we would spend hours when we went. Please Tom, leave the museum for the Rangers!!

  40. Comment by hicks hater — September 28, 2009 at 9:44 pm  

    For a museum that does not advertise much it does very well I’m sure, but I’m sure Hicks could make more money if it had businesses renting the space or something else that would look good for new owners. The fact is Hicks is a businessman and not a fan of Baseball. Hicks is a dirtbag businessman that only cares about the bottom line and not about how many peoples lives he changes for the better or smiles he put on peoples faces. The sooner he gets out of the Rangers organization the sooner I will go see a game or visit the ballpark. Is Jerryland going to give free tours of the Arlington Cowboys stadium for free?