The Role Play segment on yesterday’s Pardon the Interruption posited an interesting theory on the delay in the Ryan Braun “verdict.”
Michael Wilbon: You are Ryan Braun
Tony Kornheiser: Yep…
Wilbon: We’re still waiting to hear about the appeal of your reported positive [PED] test. What is taking so long?
Kornheiser:Shhh. Don’t talk about it. Don’t say a word. This is my plan. Baseball hasn’t officially suspended me yet. Maybe they forgot about me. Look, Bud Selig…
Wilbon: Is this a David Stern-New Orleans situation? Bud Selig and and Milwaukee? Conflict of interest?
Kornheiser: Bud Selig is almost 90 years old! Stuff happens…
Wilbon: He’s not 90 years old…He’s not 80; he might not even be 70.
Kornheiser: I’m thinking, he used to own the Brewers, right? The Brewers lost…yeh, he’s way over 70, pal. The Brewers lost Prince Fielder, so I figure I’ll just walk out there…
Wilbon: You’ve go to go away… Like Manny Ramierz…
Kornheiser: No! No! They gave me the MVP!
Wilbon: I’m sorry. It doesn’t matter. Didn’t Manny have (unintelligible)
Kornheiser: Manny did it. I didn’t do it. I’m thinking maybe they just don’t know, they’re going to leave me alone. try to help me out with this.
Wilbon: Conflict of interest, Bud.
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By way of a little explanation:
Stern-New Orleans r4efers to the NBA taking over the running of the New Orleans Hornets, with administrative decisions that haven’t sat well with some fans, including trades that were and were not made that could have helped other teams. Selig was the owner of the Milwaukee Brewers before he became commissioner (he even ran things, tacitly, when he was merely the acting commissioner), at which point he handed over the reigns to his daughter. Selig is 77 years old.
Ramirez was suspended once for testing positive for PED use, the suspended again last year, but he chose to retire rather than sit out 100 games. He signed with the Oakland Athletics earlier this year. He will turn 40 in May.