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Quotes of the Day: Bud Selig Edition

Jan 12, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

Bud Selig AP

Bud Selig is now officially-official as Commissioner for two more years, as the full slate of owners voted for him a few minutes ago. here was Bud’s statement:

“I am very humbled by the request to stay on, and I look forward to building on the great momentum our game has seen in recent years. The focus is on the field, competitive balance is strong, and fans around the world are supporting our game in unprecedented fashion.”

He went on to say that it is with great reluctance that he has agreed to this calling. He loves democracy. He loves the Republic. And that once this crisis has abated, he will lay down the powers you have given him!  Oh, and he’s going to create a Grand Army of the Republic too.  Not sure what that means, but it’s probably nothing.

In other quotes, Paul Beeston, President of the Blue Jays, had this to say about Selig:

“He is uniquely suited to handle the demands of his position and serve as the leader of Major League Baseball.”

Know why he is uniquely suited? Because he is, I’m pretty sure, the only person who has any living memory of anyone else being the Commissioner of Baseball.

Finally, someone just asked Selig about when the A’s/Giants/San Jose situation is going to be resolved. He actually said this:

“We’re moving at a very quick pace.”

In  other news, the A’s stadium committee is almost three years in. But they at least gave a report today. Or something. Probably just asking for more binder clips or notebooks or something.

Congrats, Bud. We can’t quit you. Even if we tried.

  1. natsattack - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    We didn’t try hard enough!

  2. easports82 - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    If he’s Palpatine, who’s the Mace Windu that scarred him in an attempt to seize power for the Jedi’s?

    • mrfloydpink - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      Frank McCourt, obviously.

      The bigger question: Who is the Sith apprentice he is secretly training to stand by his side? My money is on Jeter.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        Oh god, I don’t understand Star Wars at all. It’s like a part of my brain that doesn’t work. Different metaphors, please!

      • Old Gator - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

        Has anyone checked your midichlorian count lately?

  3. kopy - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Why do people keep saying they are “humbled” by experiences that are the opposite of that? I knew it was a younger (my) generation thing, but Selig too?

    “I am very humbled by the request to stay on.”
    “I am very humbled to have won this award…”

    No you’re not! The word is “gratified.”

    • Old Gator - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      I have a pretty high kopy on optical and dental. There is nothing gratifying about being ripped off for glasses and fillings by those capitalist pigs in the white smocks, let me tell you.

  4. mrfloydpink - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    But, but, how can this be possible? He’s retiring, dammit!He has an office set up and everything.

  5. cardsfanindelaware - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    He receives $20 million a year for salary, plus ALL the perks like the best seats to all the playoffs and ASG. Shouldn’t the words thankful and grateful be used? He is making more per year than 98% of the players in the game today.

  6. natstowngreg - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Interesting George Washington reference, though Washington retired from duties slightly less important than ensuring prosperity and labor peace in baseball — like commanding an army and leading a nation.

  7. aceshigh11 - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    He is beginning to represent a withered Palpatine more and more in his dotage, isn’t he?

  8. giant4life - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Where are the writers who are blackballing the players who allegedly took PED’s now? Isn’t this the man you allowed it? Fostered it, as Sosa and McGuire filled ballparks, he led the charge in looking away….and now the players who may or not taken PED’s are condemned……while he makes his 20 million yearly salary……where his leadership now?….DO NOT THE FORMER PLAYERS NEED HIS VOICE NOW! .How hypocritical!…….now the next step, watch his friends benefit ….Torre in LA….and Lew Wolfe in San Jose…whose next to get on the family discount?

    • Old Gator - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      Speaking of which, it just occurred to me how utterly hilarious it would be if the BBWAA elected the commissioner.

  9. cur68 - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Can we just call the ‘effing position “Commissioner for Life” and be done with it?

  10. uyf1950 - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    I’ll bet they didn’t have to twist his arm to hard to get him to accept that $22MM annual salary.

  11. bennoj - Jan 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Dang it! And here I turned down a spot at MIT and applied to the University Of Wisconsin and was all ready to move to Madison so I could take Prof. Selig’s class and now this!

  12. crankyfrankie - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Frabk McCourt would be a Neimodian businessman. Mace Windu, perhaps Mike Greenberg as he is the only person to mention wanting the job.

  13. crisisjunky - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Lifetime Contract! (Fly swatter snaps loudly)

  14. crisisjunky - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    (Eight Men Out is the metaphor Stairsmaster is looking for)

  15. tuftsb - Jan 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    What will Selig do if the adjunct faculty at Wisconsin unionize?

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