Grandstanding by Not Standing

Bud Selig’s behavior over the past couple of weeks has brought new dimension to the term hypocrisy. Over on Deadspin, Will Leitch hits the nail right on the head:

Let’s deal with the last, oh, two weeks.

Selig, chronologically:

• Refused to say whether he would be there for Bonds’ record homer, acting as if he was making grand statement by not making a statement.
• Finally relented and started showing up at games, dragging his feet and saying, “I don’t think anybody can say I haven’t made a Herculean effort” in, you know, watching baseball games.
• Leaves the trail right before Bonds hits the homer.
• Meets with that increasingly ridiculous Mitchell steroid probe committee.
• When Bonds hits the record, sends out another of his namby-pamby, bitch-ass “we congratulate Bonds … but don’t forget that he’s a cheater!” passive-aggressive press releases.

Selig is the only guy we know who thinks, by taking no stance and pussy-footing around, people will see him as some sort of great leader. He’s not. He’s just a spineless car salesman who, for some reason, just won’t go away. God, has he really been commissioner for 15 years now?

4 comments… add one
  • Selig’s handling of Bonds doesn’t cause a reaction in me. Barry Bonds doesn’t cause a reaction in me either, for that matter. I don’t know why, but I just do not care. At all. Same with the whole steroid issue. It is curious to me that something that is such a divisive topic to so many inspires so little reaction in me. While I write this comment I recall just yesterday sitting nearby a guy that loudly, vehemently, argued with another guy that Bonds is a criminal and pitchers should either hit him or walk him until he goes to jail, or something like that. I’m sure his true message is lost in my translation, but I don’t think he likes Barry. Anyway, I suppose gerbil should ask himself if his blasé response to such a hot-button issue is because there was a pervasive rumor at one time that was bandied about in his social circle that said-same gerbil used to (frequently) partake in substance(s) that society declared taboo and/or illegal, and therefore he doesn’t feel like looking inward and confronting his own transgressions and how they rectify with his world-view when holding others in judgement? Well, it was only a rumor…
    Steroids sure seem to be a likely candidate for a definition of the Selig era, though I hope that the continuing escalation of toll-bridge availability of the game gets some press, especially the fact that the game is priced out of the reach of so many and basically impossible to view if you are a kid. Saturday afternoon blackouts piss me off more than anything else in the game. Criminal.

    attackgerbil August 9, 2007, 6:00 pm
  • Yes, Gerb, but should these rumors about your past be true…was there ever a scenario where taking these substances would have given you an unfair advantage in…oh, I dunno…a college exam or a varsity sport? Because if it was purely recreational, does the analogy hold?
    My reaction to Bonds is pretty similar, all told. It’s all kind of a big mess that adds up to nonplussed, and all I really care about now that it’s over is that never again will a network cut away to show me Bonds’ ABs in the middle of the game I’d prefer to be watching.

    Devine August 9, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • My problem with Selig isn’t so much what he did as the fact that he seems to have thought it was a good idea.
    My problem with Bonds is very much what he did.
    And yet I find myself strangely ambivalent, as well. Maybe because I figure it’s best to ignore the setting of a record I believe to be illegitimate.

    Paul SF August 9, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • go bonds…i’m glad he’s rubbing bpud’s nose in it…

    dc August 10, 2007, 1:08 am

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