Thursday, February 28, 2008

Hail to the Commissioner!?!?

With the Red Sox's visit to the White House yesterday, I was compelled to mention an old Vanity Fair article brought to my attention by The Mockingbird our sister blog on mlbhub that's devoted to the Toronto Bluejays.

The political feature makes mention of (Then Texas Rangers owner/now President) Bush's alleged interest in becoming the commissioner of baseball as then commissioner Fay Vincent was at the cusp of losing his job. The future leader of the free world was reportedly torn between consideration of trying to obtain the most incredible and important job on Earth - and putting himself within reach of the presidency.

"What would you think of me becoming commissioner?" Bush blurted (to ex commissioner Vincent).

Surprised, the old family friend said gently, “George, I think you’d be terrific. However, I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Bush sounded confident. “I’ve talked to Selig and he tells me he’ll support me.” (Bud Selig, then owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, had helped oust Vincent and was acting commissioner.) Bush confided to Vincent, “But they’re pushing me to run for governor. I’m going to have to make up my mind one of these days.”

Vincent applauded the idea of Bush’s running for governor. “You’d be great, and if you want to run—”

Bush interrupted. “I think I’d rather be commissioner than governor.”

As we all know, Bud Selig remained commissioner while Bush ran for - and subsequently won - the governorship of Texas.

All politics aside, I can't imagine how different baseball would be... how different the world would be had Bush found his way to the commissioner's seat. Weird stuff.


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