Saturday, May 20, 2017

Something today reminded me of Bud Selig

It was a squirrel standing on a stump. I thought of hairpieces and - boom - there I was...
As Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig used to make $16.5 million per year.
Sixteen point five million per year.
In tough economic times, it’s hard not to see the kingly incomes of baseball players and think them greedy. Then you think of Selig. 
In 2010, he floated a master plan: America’s World Series champions should play the Japanese World Series champions in a post-World Series World Series. It might be called the World World Series Series.
The quality of Japanese baseball is often described as AAAA – a notch slightly higher than the Toledo Mud Hens. Middling American players such as Tuffy Rhodes and Greg “Boomer” Wells moved to Japan and became Ruthian legends. The Yankees’ $20 million import, Kei Igawa, led his Japanese league in strikeouts for three seasons. Today, Iggy remains the all-time strikeout leader for Scranton-Wilkes Barre Railriders.
Could the World World Series Series be a letdown?
You just beat Clayton Kershaw. Next up, Wally Whitehurst.
       Sixteen-point-five million per year.
But Selig won renown for his time as Commissioner. The reason? MLB made a lot of money under his stewardship.
So let me get this straight:
The Pope is a success, because the Church made money?
The cure for cancer is a success, because the drug made money?
Your life is a success, because you made money?

Sorry, folks. If your team is a success, it’s because they won the World Championship. 

2 comments:

Local Bargain Jerk said...

It was a squirrel standing on a stump. I thought of hairpieces and - boom - there I was...

Wow, to pursue this sequitur further, thinking of hairpieces makes me think of a certain orange-colored, high-ranking head of our government who was quoted in today's New York Times as saying:

     “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job ... I faced
     great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

Both of these sequiturs make me proud to be an American and baseball fan, I tell ya.

Now, if we could only find a way to pitch around Longoria before 4:10pm EST...

ranger_lp said...

The way Tanaka is pitching, might want to send him back to Japan...