Bud Selig will take questions from fans during opening ceremonies at SoxFest on Jan. 27. One might go something like, "why keep doing this when you've repeatedly said you'd step down after your contract expires?"
Selig, 77, made it official on Thursday to stay on as MLB commissioner for another two years. Selig has been something of a polarizing figure for baseball's fan base, but he has a tidy list of accomplishments and is thought highly of by those in ownership circles, including Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. Owners approved Selig by a 29-1 vote.
Selig will make an appearance at SoxFest to present Reinsdorf with a prestigious honor, the 2011 Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence. The White Sox Volunteer Corps, created after President Obama's inauguration-day call to service, has contributed more than $1 million through volunteer work hours, service events, materials and services.
The Friday night segment of SoxFest is open only to Palmer House Hilton hotel guests with weekend passes, so if you have a question or beef for Bud, well, get a room.
New manager Robin Ventura will be joined throughout the weekend by Sox players Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski, John Danks, Adam Dunn, Jake Peavy, Alexei Ramirez, Gavin Floyd, Philip Humber, Jesse Crain, Tyler Flowers, Brent Lillibridge, Brent Morel, Chris Sale, Matt Thornton and Dayan Viciedo. Expected to attend from the 2005 World Series championship team: Joe Crede, Neal Cotts, Cliff Politte, Pablo Ozuna and Frank Thomas.
In a statement from the owners meetings in Paradise Valley, Ariz., Selig said, "This is an extraordinary era for Major League Baseball."
"I am very humbled by the request to stay on, and I look forward to building on the great momentum our game has seen in recent years,'' Selig said.
"It is an honor to be asked to continue to serve the game of baseball, and I thank the clubs for their confidence in the direction in which we have taken the game.''