Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 3/31/13
HOUSTON -- Houston resident Lance Berkman, who got his career started with the Astros, said he'll always be a Houston fan at some level. But as of now, he's all Texas after signing with the Rangers in the offseason despite speculation that he would re-sign with the Astros. Texas just makes more sense for Berkman, who batted third for the Rangers Sunday. "The Astros never really made me an offer so I didn't really have a chance to accept it or not," said Berkman, who spent the first 11 seasons of his career with Houston. "There was some genuine interest at a certain level but the Rangers had a greater interest at a higher level and it just made more sense for both parties involved to work out this way." Berkman said he didn't think it made much sense for the Astros to invest in a player like Berkman because he doesn't really fit the mold of the current Houston roster. Houston is building a young team that Berkman said is cost effective. The Rangers are trying to win now and that was big for the 37-year-old Berkman. "For me, at this late stage in my career, a chance to contend for another World Series title was important to me," Berkman said. "I think the Rangers have an opportunity to do that." Berkman still has strong feelings for the Astros. He also made Minute Maid Park history as the first designated hitter to bat in a regular season game at the park. "I feel very fortunate," Berkman said. "This is my fourth organization and I consider all four at the top of the heap as far as the baseball totem pole if you will. The Cardinals and Yankees have some of the best organizations in the history of the sport. The Astros, in the time I spent with them with the ownership, managers and everybody that was with the team was a first-class organization all the way. This place (Texas) has a very similar feel to those really good Astros teams in the middle of the 2000s there."
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tony Dungy coaches his way into Canton

Top eight takeaways from NFL Honors awards

Report: Austin Rivers out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

Brett Favre Hall of Fame discussion took less than 10 seconds

WATCH: Pop wishes Kobe well in heartfelt message

Eric Berry named NFL Comeback Player of the Year

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cam Newton to be named NFL MVP

Ezekiel Elliott hung out with Jim Brown

Rickie Fowler taunted by fans over his ex-girlfriend

Roger Goodell speaks about future of Pro Bowl in annual address

Mike Krzyzewski provides an update on his health

Sacramento Kings seriously considering firing George Karl

Another star confirmed for Super Bowl 50 halftime show

WATCH: Wayne Simmonds loses his cool, earns match penalty

Winners and losers from 2016 Hall of Fame vote

Brett Favre, Tony Dungy headline Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Terrell Owens says he was not elected to Hall of Fame

Bruins prospect hit in throat with puck, taken to hospital

WATCH: Mavs rookie laughed at for trash talking Spurs bench

Norris Cole has No. 30 retired with LeBron James, New Orleans Pelicans in attendance

Three keys to victory for the Broncos in Super Bowl 50

Torrey Smith: ‘This is probably the best offense’ for Kaepernick

Byron Scott thought D’Angelo Russell would be further along

Under-the-radar Super Bowl 50 matchups

Is Tim Lincecum's run with the San Francisco Giants done?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker