Emotional day for Selig in Anaheim
Commissioner mourns Steinbrenner as ASG goes on
ANAHEIM -- It was an emotional, roller-coaster day for Commissioner Bud Selig, which began early with a phone call telling him that Yankees owner George Steinbrenner had died and ended with him presenting the All-Star Game MVP trophy -- a glass bat -- to National League catcher Brian McCann.
The days in Southern California have been a whirlwind, coming only weeks before his 76th birthday."It has been an emotional few weeks and today has been very emotional," Selig told MLB.com after the NL defeated the American League, 3-1, at Angel Stadium to win its first All-Star Game since 1996. "I've been thinking a lot about things. They keep me busy, as you know. So that's how I cope with it." Steinbrenner's death came on the heels of two in Selig's own family. The Commissioner's brother-in-law passed away five weeks ago, and his older brother, Jerry, died this past Thursday after a long battle with lymphoma. Selig is dealing with the aftermath of his own Stage 4 melanoma. But the Commissioner, as is his style, continues to strive on. His first order of business on Tuesday was dealing with Steinbrenner's passing. Selig said he was on the phone several times with Randy Levine, the Yankees president, and that he planned to make condolence calls to the Steinbrenner family on Wednesday. As far as Tuesday evening's game and the usual three days of events, Selig said he was greatly edified by how well received everything was. "It was a wonderful game, a great game," Selig said about a ballgame in which the NL came from behind with three runs in the seventh on McCann's bases-loaded, bases-clearing double. "It was really a nice evening all the way around." There was a moment of silence for Steinbrenner just after player introductions. "The pregame ceremonies were very emotional," he said. "It was a beautifully played game. The last three days here have just been fantastic. I'm glad it's over and I'm glad it went as well as it did. It makes you proud." The pace won't stop. He'll be up at Cooperstown, N.Y., for the July 25 induction of Andre Dawson, Whitey Herzog and Doug Harvey into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He'll celebrate his birthday on July 30. Following that are the quarterly Owners' Meetings slated for Minneapolis on Aug. 11-12. For that one, the 30 general managers have been invited for the second time this year. "These have been tough times," Selig said. "But you get through them."