April 12, 2009
As many of you know, I am not a big fan of baseball commissioner Bud Selig. To me he is the embodiment of much that is wrong with the game of baseball. Oh sure his supporters will point to Inter-league play, the wild card, and resurgence of fans flocking to the ballparks. Granted those are all noble accomplishments but I strongly believe that they would have happened regardless of who happened to be the commissioner of baseball. Each time I hear the commissioner speak I come away feeling as though I am about to be fleeced. Perhaps it is the fact that Mr. Selig used to be a used car salesman that gives me the hee bee jeebies. Wow, I think that is the first time in my life that I have ever used the term “hee bee jeebies” in a sentence that didn’t include some reference to crayons or old people. The point with Bud Selig is that he rarely makes a decision or present an idea when he doesn’t already have all the votes already aligned to make sure that the outcome will go exactly how he wants it. Perhaps that is just pragmatically playing the political game with owners or players but to fans it comes across as sleazy. So when it was announced that commissioner Bud Selig would be holding a press conference at Chase Field I was both curious and apprehensive.