Selig marvels about the recreation of his office at County Stadium, complete with his old chair, a cluttered desk and the reliable rotary phone . . . [the exhibit] includes a multimedia show featuring a virtual Selig, a hologram-like technology that the team says is found in only a handful of exhibits around the world.
Yes, we have what is more or less a theme park experience paying tribute to a car-salesman-turned sports executive. Both industries, by the way, which are subject to either explicit or defacto monopolies and cartel-esque arrangements, ensuring financial success for anyone lucky enough to be accepted into the cartel. Oh, and let us remember that being in a legal cartel wasn’t enough. Selig masterminded an illegal restraint of trade in the collusion cases of the 1980s, too!
Which leads us to this:
“I can tell you that without Commissioner Selig, we don’t have baseball in Milwaukee,” chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger said, “and you can’t say that about too many other things.”
Sure you can. You can say it about the Rays, Diamondbacks, Rockies and Marlins, expansion teams which would not have existed if Selig and his fellow owners did not require hundreds of millions of dollars in expansion fees to pay off the judgments levied against them for the collusion racket.
But yes, let us celebrate this captain of industry with a theme park exhibit. Like it’s Disney World. Which would be awesome if they sold Bud Selig ears. I’d wear those all the time.