Bud Selig would tell you about Frank McCourt, but ...
Commissioner Bud Selig called a news conference before Game 7 of the World Series on Friday, and why not? He was the man in charge of the sport that had America buzzing all day, with fans from coast to coast rehashing Thursday's memorable Game 6 and asking one another, "Did you see that?"
Selig told reporters he would answer any and all of their questions after a few opening remarks.
"Give me five minutes or so, and you can ask whatever you want," Selig said.
And Selig talked about David Freese, and Mike Napoli, and this amazing postseason, and baseball's robust attendance, and ... eventually, he let reporters ask whatever they wanted.
So Kevin Baxter of The Times asked Selig whether he was optimistic that he could reach a settlement with Dodgers owner Frank McCourt that would end the Bankruptcy Court battle and allow the team to be sold.
"Well, good for you, it only took one damn question to get to Frank McCourt," Selig said, as laughter rippled through the room. "If my wife wasn't here ...
"We're in litigation, as I've told you on a myriad of occasions. I understand the question, and we'll keep working. That's all. There's nothing more I can say, nothing more I should say. But as all of you understand, once litigation arises — I don't like to be restrained on any subject, especially today, but that's all I can say."
You can read a transcript of Selig's news conference here.
— Bill Shaikin
Photo: Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig participates in a news conference prior to the start of Game 7 of the World Series in St. Louis on Friday. Credit: Jamie Squire / Getty Images