|A Bud Selig statue in Milwaukee? Really?|
|Written by Emily Warner,Daily Vidette Sports Columnist|
|Thursday, 11 February 2010 20:17|
Would you rather…Michael Jordan or Bud Selig? Obviously Michael Jordan wins, hands down. I mean why would anyone want a statue of Bud Selig?
That’s right. The Milwaukee Brewers have decided to erect a statue of current Commissioner of Major League Baseball and former Brewers owner, Bud Selig. The statue will be unveiled August 24.
But the thing is that, in comparison to other greats who have statues, such as Jordan, Selig just doesn’t measure up.
A landmark such as the Air Jordan statue in front of the United Center is an ode and an honor to basketball’s greatest and most legendary player. The statue of Doug Collins and Will Robinson outside of Redbird Arena is not only a tribute to two Redbird basketball legends, but also a monument to the barriers that were broken at ISU by hiring Robinson to be the first African-American to coach NCAA Division I men’s basketball.
Statues like those are the sorts that people take pictures with to mark their visit. On a trip to Philadelphia, I posed with the statue of Rocky Balboa that stands just to the right of the famous “Rocky Steps” that Sylvester Stallone once conquered in the movie “Rocky.”
Between you and me, running up the 72 steps wasn’t even hard, so I don’t know what the big deal was. But I still did it and got a snapshot of me imitating the statue with my arms held above my head in triumph.
As for the Bud Selig statue…what’s he even going to be doing? Is it going to be a bronze, glorified version of Selig standing in a suit with his pockets full of money? I don’t think owners do anything else.
That being said, it’s dumb to erect a statue of a former owner. Statues of people who were an influential part of an organization are totally fine by me. Harry Caray has his own statue outside of Wrigley Field and he is totally worthy of it since he was the voice and spirit of the Chicago Cubs.
I don’t even know what the point of a Selig statue would be. Before going into a Brewers game, are families going to gather ‘round and get a picture with the legendary Bud Selig statue? Statues of Hank Aaron and Robin Yount already accessorize the stadium and one of Selig would just be overkill and an eyesore to a pretty nice stadium.
Plus, why is he so deserving? Like Britney Spears, Selig’s career has had its fair share of ups and downs. He did establish the Brewers in Milwaukee in 1970 and went on to help the Brewers attain Organization of the Year seven times. Selig is also cited for the increase in attendance at MLB games.
But then there’s that whole “steroid era” thing. As the MLB was swirling with controversy over performance-enhancing drugs, Selig was one of the people at the eye of the storm. Many have felt that since the steroid scandal was under his reign and since he didn’t do anything about it until it became a media circus, reputation has been tarnished and his credibility gone.
It’s hard to say if, in the end, Bud Selig in baseball has been for better or for worse. But it’s easy to say that the statue will be for worse. Also, it’s gong to be more than seven feet tall! That seems alarmingly scary to me.
If the Brewers really have their heart set on a statue of Selig, they should at least wait until he retires as commissioner in 2012. It could get weird if Selig has a major screw up in the next two years. Awkward…
Finally, erecting a statue of someone who chooses to go by the name Bud? Really?