There's nothing wrong with the game

Originally Published: August 4, 2006
By Gary Gillette | ESPN Insider
The headline of the May 15, 2005, interview with T.J. Quinn of the New York Daily News teased readers with the words, "Bud Selig Unplugged." One of the questions asked in the four-hour interview was:

Q. What is the measure of success for the game and for you? Is it attendance? Ratings? Whether the game is "the national pastime"?

A: It's everything. It's interest, it's attendance, it's ratings, it's a viability sometimes that's subjective -- and there are a lot of objective criteria. What I say to the people today and what I say to the clubs … is the game has never been more popular.

Gary Gillette | email MLB insider contributor
Gary Gillette, a contributor to MLB Insider on, is the editor of the 2006 ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia, which was published in March by Sterling. Gary can be reached via e-mail at