In his refusal to overturn the most disputed call in perhaps the history of baseball, Bud Selig has demonstrated that he is, more than anything else, a coward. Originally an owner with the Milwaukee Brewers, the man has always had one concern above all others: himself. Never has this been more apparent than with his recent handling of the near-perfect game. James Joyce, the umpire whose shoulders bear the brunt of all the ridicule, has been gracious. The pitcher, Armando Galarraga, who's perfect game has been washed to the curb, has been gracious. Who's the glaring, self-absorbed and far-from-gracious ego-maniac that has stamped this incident with such a viral ink? Bud Selig. Bud Selig made this messy, from the get-go. But, as you know, Mr. Selig: you won't be around forever, and that grasp you cherish so greatly on the clutch of power will be snatched from your palms; it may take one, or two, maybe three more commissioners to come along before it finally happens, but in the golden age of technology and all things electric, a following commish will grant Armando Galarraga his rightful place in the records books. A chapter will close: the chapter of your self-absorbed image that was grotesque to begin with. Galarraga will go down as having pitching a perfect game, officially - the only asterisk denoting how the commissioner during the 2010 season, Bud Selig, refused to originally overturn the call, citing the "psychological" damage it would do to the collective umpiring of the game and most importantly, his legacy as the most powerful man in baseball.
For those who have not heard, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, has acquired Galarraga's spikes, the very spikes that touched first base, and the bag itself, to commemorate the historic play. How that must burn Selig, a display in his honor, although for all the wrong reasons (at least in his mind). If Cooperstown erects such a display, with a beautiful video replay monitor to boot, I am sure he will object to it, and create a storm to have it removed. But, when does a power-tripping man ever quit? Here's to you, Bud Selig: you are bigger than the game.