Selig relishes 'tremendous postseason'
Commissioner says 2009 playoffs won't soon be forgotten
NEW YORK -- The theme of the 2009 baseball season was set by Japan winning its second World Baseball Classic in March and ended Wednesday night with Hideki Matsui becoming the first Japanese player to win MVP honors of the World Series.
If that's not a clear example of how far the sport has come under the watch of Commissioner Bud Selig, nothing else is. From an international event that wasn't even played until 2006 to a postseason that culminated in the Yankees' 27th World Series championship. The progressive to the traditional."It was a tremendous postseason," Selig said on the field at the new Yankee Stadium after the Yankees dispatched the defending-champion Phillies in six games with a 7-3 win. "It was just stunning -- a postseason that had one gripping game after another. The excitement was palpable and it just kept building and building, ending with an event such as this." Around him, many of the 50,315 fans remained in the stands, clapping, cheering and stomping. The new stadium opened this year just as the original was inaugurated in 1923 -- with a World Series victory. The House That Ruth Built opened with the club's first championship -- a victory over the New York Giants, who played in the Polo Grounds just across the Harlem River.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.