Originally posted by psalty14+Feb 18 2004, 09:41 AM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (psalty14 @ Feb 18 2004, 09:41 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin--djaparz@Feb 18 2004, 12:27 PM
what was shady about Selig?
I'll preface this by saying I'm a Met fan...
Selig was shady because he hesitated before pulling the trigger and THEN admonished the parties for the amount of money changing hands. I think he wanted to reject the deal, but he painted himself into a corner.
He could have rejected the deal out of hand, but the Yankees would have cried foul and rightfully so (I can't believe I just wrote that!). MLB was so desperate to get ARod out of Texas that they bent the rules of the CBA in the negotiations between Texas and Boston by allowing an additional 36 hour window to get a deal done.
If Selig had nixed the Yankees deal then the Yanks could have argued that the Sox were getting preferential treatment or that MLB was "anti-Yankee" and we can't have that. [/b][/quote]
I'm a Yankee fan but I think you just NAILED IT
I do believe Selig desperately wanted to nix this deal ... thus the delay
I do believe it would have been wrong to do so ... this was a legal trade and the Yankees sent a 40/40 Player to the Rangers ... this was no absolute heist
BUT ... I do believe Selig would have nixed this deal if he could have, mostly cause of his Yankee hatred for the way they spend money
And here's where you nailed it ... after spending most of the winter doing everything whthin his power to orchestrate Arod to Boston, bending every rule without shame, he made it impossible for himself to nix this deal with the creating the appearance of a BLATANT ACT OF FAVORITISM
Under those circumstances, you would have a commish who is viewed as using his position to ORCHESTRATE THE RESULTS ... assisting one team while damaging another
So yes, I absolutely believe Selig desperately wanted to nix this deal ... but boxed himself into a corner with the way he was equally as desperate to land Arod in Boston