There were two reasons that I could justify embracing the warm and fuzzies for Cito Gaston’s departure during the Blue Jays’ last home game of the season:

  1. It meant he was departing.
  2. I’d only have to do it once.

Well, Bud Selig totally ruined that.

The commissioner has decided to honour the careers of four “legendary” managers who retired from baseball this season during this year’s Winter Meetings.  On Tuesday, Selig will be dragging out the reanimated corpses of Bobby Cox, Gaston, Lou Pinella and Joe Torre in front of the media to celebrate their contributions from the dugout.

The photo op could be the first in Selig’s history as commissioner in which he appears to have a semblance of vitality.