SI: You were pretty famous for sitting in the stands.
GWB: I sat in the stands, signed autographs, tried to make the park as fan-friendly as possible. There was many a day when you'd be sitting there about the seventh inning [and fans would be yelling], "More pitching, Bush!" That's all part of sport.
SI: Who's the best Texas sportswriter ever?
GWB: I'd say Blackie Sherrod was one of the greats. I'll tell you, though, [sitting in the dugout, talking to sportswriters before the game] was one of my favorite moments. You know, [Gerry] Fraley and [Randy] Galloway and [Phil] Rogers—I can't remember all their names. But we'd sit around and talk baseball. It was really a good relationship.
And occasionally I would get on Randy Galloway's talk shows. You know, "Bill from Garland: 'Well, that Bush is such a lousy.... Why won't you sign so-and-so?' " And I'd kind of wink at Galloway and go on and answer the question. Again, that's all part of building a franchise.
SI: Alex Rodriguez is making $22 million more this year than you are—what doyou think of that?
GWB: That's right. What Babe Ruth said—that line, "He's having a better year." Alex Rodriguez is a fine person, a great ballplayer. History will decide whether or not he was worth the price. I guess if—when—the Rangers win a pennant, it will be worth it.
SI: When will they win one?
GWB: Well, they have a pretty interesting-looking [team]. They just need-listen, if s the same old worry we've always had, depth in the pitching staff. They have some good young arms, it looks like, who need a little seasoning. But they've got a heck of an infield.
SI: Who do you talk sports with?