- Last Updated: 3:58 AM, July 13, 2012
- Posted: 12:52 AM, July 13, 2012
Years later, he remains the Clown Prince of Baseball, the funniest man in The Game. Not Bob Uecker, Bud Selig.
As a self-serving revisionist historian, he’s a hoot. During this week’s All-Star break, he again praised himself as the intrepid commander of the forces that rid the game of performance-enhancing drugs, saying, “I’m as proud today of the Mitchell Report as I was then.”
Proud? It was Selig’s abject, money-first neglect that for years sustained and even grew baseball’s Steroid Era. What all could plainly see was going on in and to the game, Selig missed or chose to ignore.
There would have been no need for a 2007 Mitchell Report on MLB’s drug epidemic — a self-evident truth, regardless — had Selig, eight, 10, 12 years earlier served as a legit commissioner rather than a see-no-evil players’ union appeaser on behalf of the profit interests of his enablers, team owners.
Under Selig, money, and only money, ruled. Integrity became worthless. Every clean player at every professional level was put at a career disadvantage due to Selig’s blindfolded leadership. And now he wants us to think of him as a visionary, a populist, too!
Unless Selig would have us apply a laugh track to his continuing claims that he was at the forefront of MLB’s war on drugs — and that’s truly laughable — one is left to conclude that the man’s regard for the plain truth is nil.
This is the same commissioner who told us that he personally examined ticket pricing in new Yankee Stadium to find all seats affordable. How can that possibly be true?
This is the same commissioner who introduced interleague play as “a gift to the fans” when team owners quickly whacked up the price of interleague tickets. So how can that possibly be true? It was a gift to owners, not fans.
Even after Barry Bonds hit 48 more homers at 36 than he did at 26, and even after he was exposed as a BALCO lab rat, Selig allowed teams to profit from the lawlessness by hiking ticket prices when the Giants came to town.
Selig’s tenure, now 20 years, has been accompanied by a steady disregard for fans. Teams now rush to duplicate shameless money-grabs predicated on fabricated tack-on fees above the face value of tickets.
The Mets, for example, charge an extra $4 per ticket to pick up their tickets at their own box office! Not only do the Mets charge a “convenience fee” for purchasing tickets online — nothing could be more convenient for the Mets — but they also add a $6 “processing fee.”
Nearly all MLB teams, on Selig’s watch, have invented and applied such sucker fees. What has Selig done about it? Not a damned thing. If there’s one thing MLB team owners can count on from Bud, it’s that the “steal sign” is always on.Follow @NYPostsports