Just announced: Palm Court Plaza will be dedicated to Commissioner Selig & will be renamed Selig Hall of Fame Plaza pic.twitter.com/6Diyriu105— San Diego Padres (@Padres) August 27, 2014
The San Diego Padres announced Tuesday the renaming of a plaza outside of Petco Park to "Selig Hall of Fame Plaza," as in commissioner Bud Selig. In what looked like a quid pro quo but probably wasn't "something for something," Selig spoke at the dedication, later saying he likes the chances of the Padres landing the All-Star game in the near future.
As columnist Matthew T. Hall of the San Diego Union-Tribune noted and compiled, first reactions of Padres fans on Twitter who care were decidedly against the renaming of Palm Court Plaza after Selig. All he really is known for in San Diego is allowing the other owners to let Jeff Moorad buy the Padres without any money, a debacle that put the franchise into a lurch from which it's still recovering. Like this fan says:
@SDuncovered you mean nobody likes honoring the guy who allowed Moorad to buy the team on layaway? That's so weird.— Daniel Balcombe (@DanielBalcombe) August 27, 2014
You stay miffed at the Padres, San Diego.
Petco, one of the neater ballparks in the majors, opened in 2004. San Diego previously hosted the All-Star game in 1992 and 1978 at Jack Murphy Stadium (later called Qualcomm). Next season, the All-Stars head to Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park. In 2016, the favorite is Camden Yards in Baltimore. And then, maybe-probably, San Diego.
It's not like the Padres aren't going to get the All-Star game if they don't rename this plaza for Selig. It just smacks of obvious brown nosing. And the name is awkward. Selig Hall of Fame Plaza. Is this where the Padres are putting a team Hall of Fame? And why would those players be admitted under the umbrella of Bud Selig, who is from Milwaukee? Or, are the Padres assuming that Bud is going to be enshrined at Cooperstown? They're probably right, but... Or, is this going to be a Hall of Fame where Bud Selig picks his favorite players for his own museum? Or will he pick his favorite owners?
Are they actually naming it after Bud Selig AND the Hall of Fame? So should it be the "Selig-Hall of Fame Plaza"?
Petco already has a Tony Gwynn Plaza, but would one named "More Tony Gwynn Plaza" be the worst idea? And, like the people already suggested, naming it for Jerry Coleman or Trevor Hoffman makes too much sense. Or Jack Murphy. Dave Winfield. Benito Santiago. Randy Jones. Randy Ready! Jack McKeon. Yes, Jack McKeon. That's the guy.
But not Bud. No offense, Allan H.
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