It was announced today that baseball commissioner Bud Selig will miss the next three games that Barry Bonds will play in when the Giants return to AT&T Park, and with that, Jimmie Lee Solomon and Frank Robinson will take his place.
No reason was given for why Selig has chosen to not attend.
The announcement comes on the heels of Selig's embarrassing actions of placing his hands in his pockets while the fans in San Diego cheered at #755, and a backhanded compliment in his statement yesterday, in which the most complimentary thing he could say was, "No matter what anybody thinks of the controversy surrounding this event, Mr. Bonds’ achievement is noteworthy and remarkable."
The commissioner can't simply say that he's arbitrarily missing the AT&T Park games. The chance of Bonds hitting the historic home run to surpass Aaron in San Francisco seems the most likely, and best scenarios for all interested in the historic event. In not showing, Selig is saying that he'd rather not acknowledge the milestone.
The waffling and recent actions, which might best be described as childish, are an embarrassment to Major League Baseball. When Selig has irrefutable proof of Bonds taking performance-enhancing drugs, then these types of responses would have merit.
In reacting as he has, Selig has done something that many seemed impossible: he's making Barry Bonds into a sympathetic figure.
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