Bud Light Doesn’t Get It Right
He was the owner of the Brewers then, and he liked to schmooze with the baseball writers. I remember he introduced himself and shook my hand. He seemed like a nice enough guy. So this isn’t personal.
But my opinion of him as baseball commissioner, honestly, couldn’t be lower.
Maybe it was when he canceled the World Series. Or perhaps it was when he called the All Star Game a tie, as if it had all the meaning of a spring training game.
Maybe it was the way he turned a blind eye toward the steroids issue in baseball because, well, it was good business. I think Bud Selig is as phony as a three-dollar bill.
The latest is his strong arming of Jason Giambi into cooperating with the Mitchell investigation. Supposedly, he is setting up this scenario so he can later nail Barry Bonds. Yeah, right.
The problem I have with it is that Selig got tough too late. And now, he is essentially punishing the only player, Giambi, who has even remotely spoke with any sense of remorse for using the “juice.’’
Selig doesn’t want to solve the issue. He wants to point the finger of blame at somebody and issue some sort of meaningless punishment. What he should do is look in the mirror and point the finger at himself.
It would be different if Selig were just asleep at the switch. Instead he was aware, but happy with the status quo because of the public’s fascination with home runs. It made baseball a billions of dollars after the disaster in 1994.
That’s why he is a reckless driver at the helm - and a poor leader. It’s why the game is not in good hands.
- An underrated factor, again, in the Tigers success has been Carlos Guillen. Notice who is hitting behind Magglio Ordonez? Guillen is hitting much better right-handed this season. Those were true bombs he hit from the right side in Washington. His biggest flaw: He always seems to be fighting some sort of nagging injury. This year, it’s a balky hamstring.
- Hey, maybe it’s just because I like drafts, but I am looking forward to the NHL draft this weekend. Good to see some Americans moving up the charts again in recent years. It’s been awhile since the United States has produced a truly elite player. Maybe Patrick Kane and James vanRiemsdyk, Americans expected to go among the top three picks in this draft, will fit the bill.
- You know, for some reason, I think the Tigers should fear the Twins and the A’s more than Yankees for a potential wild card bid. The Twins just never quite go away, and the A’s are notorious for turning it on during the second half of the season.