Thursday, June 03, 2010

Fire Bud Selig

Baseball has two big problems right now. First, it is now considered to be the third most popular sport in the nation behind football and basketball. Second, there are many villains in baseball and not enough heroes. Maybe more kids in the last 25 years decided that they wanted to be Like Mike (Michael Jordan) and not enough wanted to be like Barry Bonds. I think that baseball does not have enough players like Cal Ripken, Jr. and too many players like Barry Bonds. It’s easy to cheer for players who are outstanding role models. It is hard to cheer for cheaters.

Recently, pitcher Armando Galarraga threw what should be considered to be a perfect game. For what would be the final pitch in the ninth inning, the ball was hit and the batter started to run to first base. The ball was thrown to the first baseman who caught the ball before the batter crossed the first base bag. The umpire, Jim Joyce, called the batter safe. The umpire messed up and when seeing this on instant replay, knew that he had messed up. This incorrect call would mean that officially Armando Galarraga had not thrown a perfect game.

Jim Joyce is not the villain in this situation. Unlike many people, he was willing to publicly admit that he messed up. He feels sorry for his incorrect call. There are people in this world who pretend that the mistakes they have made are meaningless and there are people who have the compassion to publicly admit their mistakes. Jim Joyce is a man of true character.

There is a villain in this case, though. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has the power to overturn the call and allow Armando Galarraga to be the 21st official pitcher of a perfect game, but he decided that he will not overturn the call. Selig is letting history stand uncorrected and justice not served.

Bud Selig is exactly what Major League Baseball does not need. He is someone who will stomp on the good will of fans who just want to see an honest pitcher receive credit for an achievement that he earned. Since baseball has been tarnished by home run records by players who have cheated through steroid use, the sport of baseball needs people like Armando Galarraga who can achieve greatness without sticking a needle in his rear end. Baseball needs people like Jim Joyce who have the integrity to admit their mistakes.

Baseball does not need Bud Selig.

I am going to take a stand. The National Baseball Hall of Fame would be more honored with the induction of Pete Rose while he’s filling out his NCAA tournament brackets and Barry Bonds while he has a needle sticking out of his butt than someone like Bud Selig.

When I think of what Bud Selig is doing, I imagine being given a parking ticket for an incorrect violation and having the police officer say, “Well I’m still going to give you the ticket because I’ve already filled it out.” When people watch sports, they have a common desire for justice in its purest form. When people look at politics or a Supreme Court decision, they tend to have different opinions on issues. Ironically, when it comes to sports, people who are fans of opposing teams would rather see an honest decision made about a play than see it even benefit their own team. As a Redskins fan, I wouldn’t want the Redskins to win a game by a completely incorrect call. When they win, I want to feel that they truly won the game. When they lose, I want to feel that nothing unfair caused them to lose.

The desire for justice has led to people being outraged by Bud Selig’s unwillingness to allow Armando Galarraga the credit for something that would negatively impact no one. It would not change which team won the game. All it would do is give people something to feel good about without causing anyone pain.

If Bud Selig wants to be a stickler to the rules, then maybe he should spend some time in the empty stands at one of the teams that cannot sell many tickets. He should sit in a seat with no one around him and ask himself why so many people decided to stay home instead of buy a ticket to the baseball game. Maybe, just maybe, he will realize that he is throwing away the greatness of a sport that used to be America’s Pastime.

Recently, Ken Griffey, Jr. announced his retirement from baseball. He was the first pick in the 1987 MLB Draft. Yes I said 1987! That is the year that I had finished second grade and I’m 32 years-old. The first pick of the 2009 MLB Draft, Stephen Strasburg, wasn’t even born yet. For someone to play professional baseball for 23 years, that person has to truly love the game. Let me be the first person to say that the sport of baseball would be better served with Ken Griffey, Jr. as the new commissioner. He could bring leadership back to the sport and repair the image of baseball.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:26 AM  
Blogger Jason Moffatt said...

Griffy for commissioner is a brilliant idea. So many people would flock to baseball.

Great idea.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Dorath政儒yN_ said...

April showers bring May flowers...................................................

1:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All roads lead to Rome. 堅持自己所選!..................................................

1:33 AM  

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