The Boston Red Sox were named World Series Champions today by Bud Selig, becoming the first team in MLB history to win the World Series without playing a single game.
I was on the scene as Selig described the Red Sox as the “best team since the 1927 Yankees,” and “overall favorites to win anyway.”
When asked about the decision, Selig said –
With the completely necessary signing of Carl Crawford and trading for Adrian Gonzalez, the Red Sox became the obvious favorites to win the 2011 World Series. After examining the rosters of all the teams in the MLB, I came to the conclusion that it is in the best interest of the game to declare the Red Sox as World Series Champions.
Selig also cited various outlets that declared the Red Sox as the clear favorites to win the title –
If ESPN says it, it has to happen, right? Us folks in MLB do not want teams to be embarrassed by such a powerhouse, so we decided to save them from the embarrassment and end their seasons before they started.