Bud Selig, yesterday at a Wall Street Journal panel of the four major sports commissioners:
"I think you won't be able to recognize baseball in the next five to 10 years. That's how fast we're growing."
Sometimes I wonder if Bud Selig understands that chief among the game's charms is that, unlike the other major sports, our game is fundamentally the same now as it was 100 years ago. Yes, change comes, but it is incremental change. When, as often happens, people lose track of the game in their late teens and early 20s, they can come back to it a few years later and not feel lost.
Baseball has experienced tremendous growth in attendance and revenue under Bud Selig, and many of the changes he has ushered in -- interleague play, realignment, the Wild Card, etc. -- have, generally speaking, been successful. I can't help but feel there is a limit, however, to how much change this game and its fans can tolerate in a short period of time. As such, I hope those comments were something said implusively in response to a broad question as opposed to the first suggestions of some transformational agenda on the part of the good Commissioner.