As often happens when public figures open their mouths and insert their feet, Berkman has issued an apology. Joe Strauss:
The loquacious Berkman and Selig exchanged views for about 10 minutes. Berkman said the conversation ended amicably after he sensed the commissioner was "a little disappointed and maybe a little hurt" over his usage of a word suggesting a felony.
"A lot of things sound better in your head than they read in print," Berkman said. "It's certainly a situation in which I was trying to express a pretty strong emotion. For me, it's water under the bridge now. I'm more than happy to make amends. I don't carry any ill will or animosity. That's not me."
Berkman was a member of the Astros organization from 1997-2009 and also played college ball in Houston (at Rice University); he obviously had strong feelings about the situation, but probably should have used different words. Or, better, not said anything at all publicly.
All of this proves one thing: we really, truly need real baseball to start, the sooner the better.