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What’s that. No? Sorry. Sorry.
I’m back in for Drew for the next three days on the D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction alongside Luke Jones. If you’re looking for Drew, check the back nine.
The whole “quarterly owners meetings in Baltimore” thing is certainly an odd look for Major League Baseball. There’s nothing to really read into it-the owners get together SOMEWHERE four times a year. It’s odd because it comes with the backdrop of the ongoing MASN/Baltimore Orioles/Washington Nationals debate.
The owners (including Orioles owner Peter Angelos) are listening to pitchers from prospective commissioner candidates just days after Angelos went to court in New York seeking an injunction to sorta say to MLB “get bent”.
If you’ll remember, still commissioner (and are we COMPLETELY certain he won’t stay on?) Bud Selig wasn’t too pleased with the idea of the O’s (or the Nats) going to court. I remember some sort of letter he sent…
“I will not hesitate to impose the strongest sanctions available to me under the Major League Constitution.”
But yeah, as we kinda knew then-he was completely full of Selig. (See what I did there?)
The commissioner held a press conference (oddly I didn’t get the invite) Tuesday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and was asked to describe his relationship with Angelos.
“My relationship with Mr. Angelos is good. He’s on the executive council, and I have no problem with him at all. In fact, (he’s) one of the reasons we’re here.”
Of course. So maybe Selig’s threat was just…I dunno…hogwash? Bluster to try to get the teams to come together and solve the problem he created when he decided he needed to move the Montreal Expos to DC?
“One of the great problems in baseball for many decades, before I took over, there was a lot of infighting. … I think it’s one of the things that held the sport back, so I preached peace and calm and quiet and labor peace and everything else. So, yes, I like to avoid this situation, but we’ll just keep on working.”
Well tell us more, Bud. Because there’s a fairly large difference between “strongest sanctions possible” and “oh wait, you actually did it? Eh. No biggie.”
“I don’t want to discuss my correspondence with the clubs. They know what the rules are, and I know what the rules are. We’re having actual constructive dialogue with both clubs.”
So yeah. Bud Selig promised to bring Mumford & Sons to your Labor Day party and ended up showing up with Sugar Ray. Perhaps sanctions could still be coming, but the Birds have already defied the direct order the commish gave both teams. If the order is “don’t go to court” and the team goes to court, what more could they possibly do at that point? Go to The Peoples’ Court as well? Perhaps they could merge MASN with Court TV-putting Tom Davis in a robe to read supermarket circulars while simultaneously banging a gavel uncontrollably? It would be about as watchable as anything they currently have on the network (besides the baseball games-at least the ones where Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer are working).
So there you have it. Nothing matters at this point. We still don’t know how the MASN dispute will play out but we know Selig won’t be living up to his threats. It’s just another piece of a fairly remarkable (not THAT kind of remarkable) legacy for the outgoing (again, I THINK) commissioner.
The “strongest sanctions possible” were actually “we’d hate to see you have to waste some airline miles next week-let’s just come to you.”
Why didn’t my college RA do the same thing with me when I got a noise violation freshman year? “I know I said you were going to have to be responsible for cleaning all of the common areas, but how about instead I buy you guys beer for the rest of the semester?”
Okay, that’s it for me today. I don’t want to miss Mark McGrath’s solo in “Every Morning”. Thanks, Bud.