Bud

Bud Selig issued a statement yesterday saying that A-Rod had, more or less, shamed himself and the game.

I read his words. And laughed.

And laughed.

And laughed.

And laughed.

And laughed.

And laughed.

And laughed.

Eight years ago, in a conference room inside what was then known as the Sports Illustrated Building, I sat alongside several of my colleagues and bemoaned the role steroids was playing in baseball. I was 28-years old, new on the Major League beat, locked in an office … and I friggin’ knew!!!!!!

So how in the world can Bud Selig—the! commissioner! of! major! league! baseball!—say he knew nothing.

He’s either:

A. An idiot.

B. Completely full a shit.

C. A completely full of shit idiot.

I’m all for roasting A-Rod, Bonds, McGwire, David Bell, Jack Cust, Brian Roberts and every other guy who cheated to gain an edge. These bobos can offer up any excuse in the book, and we all know they’re likely trying to save their tattered reps. But Selig is the biggest culprit of all—the man who sat atop a game that ignored the performance-enhancing problem for years and years, anxious to watch the dollars roll in and the home runs fly out.

Look at it this way: When, in the Selig Era, has Major League Baseball ever done anything with the fan’s interest in mind? They start every meaningful game late at night, thus ensuring maximum advertising dollars (and that nobody under the age of 10 will watch an entire contest). They continue to increase ticket prices, and charge insane amounts for merchandise and assorted goodies. With the possible exception of the NHL, no major sport has shown a true interest in the fan.

But baseball is, by far, the worst.

So to hell with Bud Selig and his sanctimonious ramblings. A-Rod is certainly guilty. But Selig is responsible.

7 thoughts on “Bud”

  1. You will never catch me defending Selig. I think you’re dead on here.

    BUT the blame first falls on the “bobos” (I like that!) who decided to cheat. So A*Rod is not only “guilty” but “responsible as well. As are they all.

    And if you want to be honest here, the group of you sitting in that conference room hold a little culpability as well. So many people claim to have known, yet so few bothered to come forward and try to do something about it.

  2. No one person is more to blame for steroid use in baseball than Bud Selig. He can say all he wants about “we tried to do this and that” but the bottom line is if he had even the tiniest set of balls he would have confronted the threat head on.

    And can you believe ESPN suspended Van Pelt for bashing him?

  3. Right On Jeff!
    What surprises me is how little critical reaction / analysis there is in media covering baseball.
    I would love to know how many baseball fans also see through all the bs. My guess would be more than half.

  4. I too am a little troubled by the easy logic of:

    1) Wait a minute, I knew.

    2) Then Bud must have known.

    3) Bud Selig is just as responsible and as guilty.

    Absent any proof — statements he made acknowledging steroids as a problem before ’98 or ’02 — it’s just a little too easy.

    I have yet to see, in any column ripping Selig over steroids, from 2004 on, anyone detailing Selig’s cupability beyond “Bud must have known,” or “it happened on his watch.”

    Both are persuasive statements but they are proof of nothing. I think he has done plenty wrong, and there’s a lot about the game that displeases me. But as someone who appreciates good, informed sports writing, Bud-bashing has transcended cliche. Jeff, I think you’re better than this, and I actually do think you can come up with a more persuasively worded case against Bud. I’d like to read it. But I don’t like reading echo-chamber stuff that I can hear from any commenter on SI.com

  5. You’re right, Selig is a huge culprit in the steroids, but most members of the media sat silent as the records started to fall or openly cheered or when someone raised the question about McGwire in 1998, pilloried they guy as if he spit on the flag. Frank Thomas was pointing out to anyone who would listen guys who got huge over an off season, nothing. The press shares in some of this too, until that is expressed the whole proffession comes off like hypocritical blowhards.

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