September 14, 2011
Major League Baseball is making headlines today and not for the reasons they want. The 10th anniversary of September 11th just passed and whether you lost someone that tragic day or not we were certainly all effected. The NY Mets, who played one of the most memorable games against the Atlanta Braves shortly after 9/11, wanted to remember the fallen police officers and firefighters by wearing NYPD and FDNY hats during their game.
That is a clever and touching way to show support and admiration or it would've been had Major League Baseball not rejected their request.
Now comes word that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is angry that the NY Mets made his decision public. The Commissioner called the Mets apparently "irate" Sunday night. A representative of the Mets told the New York Post that the Commissioner said the Mets threw the league "under the bus" and that Selig "got embarrassed by it."
NY Mets manager Terry Collins said, "What's the attention been since we walked into the ballpark today? It's not on who we're playing it's not on who's pitching. We all want to know which kind of hat we're going to wear tonight. And that takes away from the game, it takes away from their preperation. They're (players) all being asked questions that they're afraid to make answer they're afraid to say the wrong thing. We've got to start focusing on what the game is, because, when it's all said and done, that's all that matters."
In an interview he did with Sirius XM radio, MLB representative Joe Torre said, "I think they were sent a memo, but in no way was it heavy handed. I don't think money was ever an issue or they were ever threatened with a heavy fisted fine. If that's the case I have no knowledge of it."
NY Mets manager Terry Collins also said that he wanted this whole thing to go away, I'm sure he does. Do you know who else wants it to go away? Bud Selig, dude wishes it never surfaced in the first place.
This is the reason Major League Baseball will never be #1 again in America. They're afraid to look forward, they're always looking to the past. According to reports, baseball didn't want to set a precident in the game by allowing the Mets to wear hats honoring the police and firemen who died on September 11th.
It's thinking like that why they will never be America's game ever again or as long as we have Commissioners who refuse to keep the game current. Did you see the NY Jets game? Did you see Rex Ryan sporting the FDNY lid? That's because the NFL isn't afraid of progress. Sure Roger Goodell has his haters but last time I check the NFL continues to kick MLB's **** in the ratings.
The best example that MLB thinks in the dark ages is that notorious blown call by umpire Jim Joyce that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga his perfect game. When Joyce called Cleveland's Jason Donald safe I was mad and I could care less about the Detroit Tigers. Joyce later made a tearful apology to Galarraga but damn the tears, instant replay would've corrected everything. Of course of the big four sports in the U.S. baseball is the only sport that doesn't use it