Because the word "ironic" frequently is misused, I usually go out of my way to not use it in stories, blogs, columns, headlines, greeting cards and the occasional Facebook status.
But something happened this past week that made me believe irony was not only in place, but at work. As in, how could these two things line up and no one see how weird it is?
Major League Baseball elected a new commissioner, lawyer Rob Manfred. He replaces Bud Selig, who owned the Milwaukee Brewers and added to his responsibilities by becoming the sports "acting" commissioner after the resignation of Fay Vincent in 1992.
Manfred will replace Selig at the end of this season.
With the official news of a new commissioner, it's only natural to reflect on the tenure of the old one.
Many have written about how Selig has presided over two decades of labor peace, something unheard of in baseball, or so we're told.
Here's what's funny about that: These articles were being written almost 20 years to the day of the beginning of a work stoppage that crippled the sport.
And Bud Selig was at the center of it.
First, a little history.
Baseball's first World Series was in 1903. There was no Series the following year, but every year since then, despite world wars, The Cold War, The Great Depression and other events, there always has been a Fall Classic.
If all these big world events were unable to stop a World Series, it was conceivable that nothing could.
Nothing, that is, except good old fashioned greed.
Baseball's owners wanted a salary cap. The players essentially liked things the way they were. The '94 season started in April, but the threat of strike hung over the sport throughout the summer. It was especially frustrating in Cleveland, where after 40 years of ineptitude, the Indians had moved into a new ballpark and were winning.
But it didn't matter. On Aug. 12 1994, the strike began. Selig was acting commissioner, and he seemed to do little more than meet with the Players Association and get nowhere.
As the strike stretched into September, it almost appeared hopeless. Finally, Selig appeared at a press conference and announced he was canceling the World Series.
Ninety years, always a World Series.
Then, one day, the commissioner just canceled it.
That's a legacy.
In my mind, Selig will be remembered for three things.
* The strike.
* The steroid era, which Selig either didn't know or didn't care about. Because of his late action on the issue, cherished records have been destroyed by alleged cheaters, the integrity of the game was compromised and fans now look at just about every big season with skepticism.
* The 2002 All-Star Game, which was held in Selig's hometown of Milwaukee. The game went into extra innings, and the managers ran out of players. So the game was called a tie. The lasting image of the event was Selig, in the stands, shrugging his shoulders.
Which, to me, summed his tenure up well.
So Selig's run as the head of Baseball is ending. He was commissioner in some form for more than 20 years, and will leave to cheers and approval from many.
No recent strikes.
No recent stoppages.
And, in 1994, no World Series.
Bud Selig, a symbol of labor peace?