Letters: Inspired by Bud’s Story
I want to compliment you on “A Conversation with the Commish” [Spring 2011]. I’m not a big baseball fan, but I really enjoyed learning about Bud Selig. How wonderful to see someone so passionate about their work and their life — very inspirational. Thanks for bringing us this story. On Wisconsin is a wonderful magazine.
Don Gallagher MBA’94
I am not an alum, but I did enjoy the Spring 2011 issue of On Wisconsin with the interesting interview with Bud Selig. I am sure I am not the only one to notice the irony contained in the Flashback that, while the commish graduated from UW, the university does not in fact have a varsity baseball team. Too bad!
Published in the Summer 2011 issue
Metehan January 10, 2013
It is not worth it if the team takes a not-so-subtle stance aisgnat the community and fanbase. It is not worth it if the team deliberately under-reports attendance, bashes it’s own stadium (and then whines when not enough people show up in said stadium), trots out star players to complain about attendance (then promptly play their worst baseball since the early years) all while the whiny owner can’t even show up to more than handful of games himself. I don’t want them to go. But I’m not going to cry if they do. They haven’t been around long enough (much less been good enough over their 12 years) to warrant the deep-seated, in-the-blood loyalty that they seem to think they’re entitled to. The Rays are still halfway through their first generation of fans. If they leave, they’ll be dealing with the same issues again 10-15 years down the road if they keep the same mentality. This area would love to have the Rays stay and become a fixture for generations. But if most folks are like me, and I think they are, we won’t be bludgeoned with scorn and threats to keep them. I’m 37 years old and I followed another team the first 25 years of my life. Then the Rays came. I can always go back to my old team if they leave.