If you had the great displeasure of watching the Home Run Derby last night, then you were treated to some high comedy when Peter Gammons sat down with Barry Bonds during Miguel Cabrera’s at-bat.
After the usual round of kiss-ass questions, Gammons asked Bonds how he feels about Hank Aaron and Bud Selig potentially not being present when he breaks Hank’s home run record.
Bonds was classic. I don’t have a transcript in front of me, but here’s the gist of it.
Gammons: How do you feel about Hank Aaron and Bud Selig not being there when you break the record?
Bonds: Hank has a life. I mean, he can’t follow me around from city to city. I could be in a slump and it could take a couple of weeks. Hank has stuff to do.
Gammons: And Selig?
Bonds: Well, Bud Selig is the commissioner of baseball. I don’t really know what he does.
The implication being that it’s Selig’s job to be there. I have to say, I agree 100%. Where else would he be? Applying pressure to players to name names? Sitting in top-secret brainstorming meetings about how to screw the fan? Selig is a disgrace as commissioner, his legacy (and it is a negative legacy) is already written. Every bone-headed move he makes from here on out only serves to reinforce the notion that the owners put a stooge of their own in the office and he’s done nothing but disgrace the sport ever since.