“History will prove me right”

No matter how things look today, and how things are trending, President Bush always believes, facts be damned, that he will be vindicated by history.

We’re heard all this before.

Major League Baseball’s decision in 1993 to realign its leagues into three divisions and include the team with the next-best record in the playoffs was considered heresy by the purists, particularly because it copied a concept from football, of all things.

The only baseball owner to vote against the change, which took effect in 1994 before the postseason was canceled by labor strife, was from Texas.

“I made my arguments and went down in flames. History will prove me right,” said then-Rangers owner George W. Bush, whose foresight led him to bigger and better things.

“This is an exercise in folly.”

Nine postseasons and three wild-card World Series champions later, the concept promoted by Commissioner Bud Selig is almost universally accepted and unquestionably good for business. Witness the capacity or near-capacity crowds in Chicago, Houston and San Diego last week in what would have been otherwise meaningless series.

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