"Mariano, if you don't mind, I'm just going to go ahead and borrow that idea of yours." (Getty Images)
You'll recall that Rivera, the famed New York Yankees closer, visited with fans and behind-the-scenes workers at each stadium he was playing in for the final time. Opposing teams showered him with gifts — both cool and weird. The media purred about how classy it was.
Now, Big Daddy Bud wants in on the action. Selig told ESPN's Jayson Stark that he wants to meet with the Average Joes and Janes who make stadiums run, and the fans who enjoy the games:
Selig isn't exactly as beloved among baseball fans as Rivera is. Even in Yankee-hating places, most people would admit that Mo was a legend and deserved a spectacular send-off. But Selig? Sure, people will be happy to meet with him because he's the commissioner of baseball — and how often do you get that chance? — but, at the same time, there are many baseball fans who don't exactly love him.
Selig realizes this and told ESPN that in the '90s he wouldn't have attempted something like a farewell tour because he was so unpopular. Now, he thinks things are different.
Either way, baseball fans, it's time to mentally prepare yourself for Selig's farewell season and lots of smarmy celebration. We're going to have at least 30 parties for him. He's going to throw out a first pitch or 12, and he'll probably get a nice stack of presents. Maybe someone can even get Metallica to come to Milwaukee and play "Master of Puppets."
The Stew will offer a hearty pat on the back and a legit LOL to the first club that gives Selig a bag of gummy bears as a gift.
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