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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 1, 2002
5:40 PM
CONTACT:  TakeBaseballBack.com
Heather Holdridge, 202-285-9241, Manager@TakeBackBaseball.com, or John Hlinko, 202-667-7980, JHlinko@ctsg.com
TakeBackBaseball.com Releases Results of 'BudMustGo.com' Poll; Ripken, Giuliani Lead Pack; Other Big Surprises
 
WASHINGTON - August 1 - "TakeBackBaseball.com," a grassroots group of baseball fans sick of greed destroying the game they love, today announced results from its "BudMustGo.com" petition effort -- specifically, regarding who baseball fans want for the new commissioner. Leading the pack were former player Cal Ripken, Jr., and former NYC Mayor Rudloph Giuliani. (full results at http://www.BudMustGo.com).

"Judging from the poll and related feedback from our thousands of supporters, it is clear that baseball fans are looking for a Commissioner with two things," said Heather Holdridge, Team Captain of the group. "One, the integrity and intelligence to come up with a plan to solve baseball's problems, and two, the stature and will-power to make both sides accept it."

Top finishers in the poll were as follows:

-- Cal Ripken, Jr.: 23.1 percent
-- Rudolph Giuliani: 21.6 percent
-- Hank Aaron: 10.6 percent
-- Bob Costas: 8.3 percent (as a write-in)

Also high on the write-in list were former players Pete Rose and Frank Robinson, sports columnist Peter Gammons, former President Bill Clinton, and "anybody but Bud Selig."

Bud Selig himself received only 1/10 of 1 percent of the vote, tying him with Vern "Mini Me" Troyer.

Full results of the poll are posted at http://www.BudMustGo.com.

TakeBackBaseball.com intends to continue taking fan feedback for the next few weeks on both its "BudMustGo.com" petition, and its "Who should be the new commissioner?" poll. It will then compile the results and deliver them to Bud Selig, and to each of the Major League Baseball owners.

About TakeBackBaseball.com

TakeBackBaseball.com is a grassroots group of baseball fans who are sick and tired of greed destroying the game they love, and who are actively working to make sure that baseball is about the national pastime - not the national bottom line. It is supported by the volunteer efforts of a number of fans, including a number of veterans of online political campaigns. The group is headquartered at http://www.TakeBackBaseball.com, and has been featured on CNN, Fox, and dozens of radio, print and online media outlets. Baseball fans, and groups interested in joining the coalition, are encouraged to visit, join the "team," and learn about other grassroots efforts to save baseball.

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