Already on its feet for the national anthem, the sellout crowd at Miller Park gave Selig a raucous ovation — complete with clattering Thunder Stix — as he walked onto the field. Selig stopped a few feet in front of the mound, and overhanded a respectable throw over the plate to backup catcher Mike Rivera. Selig thrust his arms into the air and grinned as fans applauded and whistled in appreciation. He high-fived Attanasio before disappearing into the Brewers' dugout.I suppose a small handful of the folks on hand remembered how hard Selig worked it just to get Milwaukee that team back in the day, and from their point of view he no doubt deserves that ovation.
As for the rest of them? I can only assume that the gates to the stadium and the beer taps inside opened at 8AM and that they were all suffering from that irrational euphoria that only alcohol can bring. Under those circumstances, cheering loudly for Bud Selig is not unlike pounding one's fist and doing the air guitar solo to Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" after downing a half dozen Miller Lites in a suburban strip mall night club.