No one should have been surprised that the worst Commissioner in the history of baseball made another bad decision yesterday on the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country. The two cities that bore the brunt of those attacks New York and Washington DC were told by MLB not to wear the caps of the first responders for the Mets or the Navy Seals for the Nationals. Joe Torre, formerly the Yankees manager in 2001 was the messenger, but there can be no doubt that the author of that edict was Allan Huber Selig.
What profit would baseball garner by having the nation watch a game with the players wearing the unauthorized caps of the NYPD, the FDNY, the Port Authority of NY ? None. This on Selig’s watch is unacceptable.
Selig as owner of the Brewers with help of the gang of 6 forced Fay Vincent, the last independent Commissioner, out and assumed the role of acting commissioner himself. For the next six years Selig wore two hats, baseball owner and commissioner until in 1998 baseball confirmed him as commissioner and he turned the Brewers over to his daughter and son-in-law. Six years after that the Brewers were sold and Selig’s son-in-law Laurel Prieb was hired as an executive by MLB. In the 35 years that Selig and family owned the Brewers they made the playoffs twice and in the final twelve years finished under .500 every year. An argument could be made either way as to whether Selig was as bad a commissioner as he was a baseball executive. Both sides would be right.
September eleventh resonates with everyone. But for some the scars are still visible in the unfinished resurrection of the fallen World Trade Center, in the tears of loved one left behind and in the children. The NY Mets wore the caps of the first responders in the first game after 9/11/01 against the Braves at Shea Stadium on Sept. 21/ 2001.
On September 11, 2001, 3,051 innocent people died at the hands of Osama bin Laden and his death squad. 403 of them were first responders who died trying to save lives. 184 died in a field in Shanksville, PA., the final resting place of Flight 93, where the final words were “Lets Roll”. The courage and patriotism on that plane destined to hit the Capital Building can never be surpassed. I think of that day and I get a knot in my chest, and Selig sees dollar signs. Not only the worst commissioner, but a soulless commissioner.