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Get your act together Bud!Posted Tuesday, August 7, 2007, at 9:18 AM
Major League Baseball witnessed quite a historic weekend recently.
It started when Alex Rodriguez hit his 500th career home run, making him the fastest player to ever reach the milestone.
The weekend continued when Frank Thomas passed Eddie Murray on the home run list and moved further ahead when Barry Bonds tied Hank Aaron with his 755th career homer.
The weekend was capped when Tom Glavine won his 300th career game.
All the while, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig had little to say.
Selig has tip-toed on top of the entire Bonds issue throughout this season.
Earlier, it was unknown whether he would attend San Francisco games then he flip-flopped and said he would.
Of all professional sports, Selig has got to be the worst commissioner.
Since he took over, MLB has suffered through a missed World Series, a tie in the All-Star game, the steroid era -- which MLB officials thumbed their noses to from the get-go.
It's hypocritical of Selig to act as if there is something wrong with Bonds' pursuit of Aaron's record. For nearly 10 years, baseball turned the other way when the steroid issue came up.
Now, they have taken the high road. A true waste indeed.
Why didn't baseball take a tougher stance in 1998? When Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were chasing down Roger Maris' record for home runs in a season?
Because it benefited baseball.
Now, it doesn't seem to be a big deal. MLB officials want the public to think they've taken the stance finally.
Only when it benefits them.
They didn't care in 1998. The home run chase was good for the game. It brought people back to the stadiums. Owners made money. History was made.
But now, things have changed.
The owners and officials want the public to think they are acting in the best interest of baseball, when in fact, they are acting in the best interest of themselves.
It truly is a joke.
I say hooray for Bonds and his chase of Aaron's record. Baseball didn't care nearly 10 years ago. Why care now?