Bring on the Pain
Roughly what's going to happen to Billy Mueller's knee this weekend. Ouch.
Well, the "stomping" predicted by Oakland A's players earlier this week did occur this evening at Fenway Park. However, the Red Sox were the stompers, not the stompees.
12-2 Sox. Kind of makes me want to re-enact the D.Lowe gesture that they're all still aflutter about. Also kind of makes me want to run up to an Oakland "A" like that kid does in the commercial with Michael Strahan and yell, "HOW bout them RED SOX!! WHOOO!!!!!"
More stories of positive visualization: Third inning, Bellhorn on, Ortiz and Manny strike out, Tek up. Listening on the radio, I calculate the possibilities of the situation and think to myself, "A double would do it." Then I concentrate on that double. Double, Tek, I think. Double. No fly outs. No singles. Don't push for a homer. Just a double. Let's go. Double.
Meanwhile, are there the makings of a civil war in Red Sox Nation?
I'm sure all this began much earlier than this, but the most recent volleys in the Great Boston Media Schism began this month when Dirt Dogs reported an "exclusive" that Nomar tore his Achilles sheath, and that's why he's been out so long. Granted, it was a pretty shoddy "I heard from a friend of a friend of a girlfriend of the gardener of the..." piece of "reporting" but the reaction from the established media was quick and vociferous enough to belie how threatened they really were by this strange new phenomenon known as the "Internet".
So the debate has continued. Especially in the comments section on BC, which is, of course, the ultimate authority on everything. Then, finally, on the ride home tonight--okay, not really home, to my second job, but that's neither here nor there--I was listening to the guys on the Big O Show blast Dirt Dogs, SoSH, etc. saying they were "nonprofessional" "uncredentialled" entities stealing coverage from "real" news sources.
This is interesting for me, since I'm both a fan and technically a member of the "established media" as a newspaper reporter, even though I don't do sports. So I'm often bemused by BOTH sides of this debate.
Example: The Big O Show's blowhards waxing verbose about Dirt Dogs and the like only makes them look pathetic, and running scared. On the other side, though, Ed, who I have tremendous respect for and would bet on to kick Shaughnessy's ass in a bare-knuckle brawl, made a comment recently that took me by surprise:
Oh, and I don't think I'd trust anything said on talk radio with regard to SABR. It's sort of like expecting regular news reporters to understand the nuances of supply side economics or anything science related. They just pick out little sound bites and repeat them without much of a clue.
I don't think that's true at all, and I would venture to guess I've been in more newsrooms. In my experience, most reporters--at least full time professional reporters, especially in print journalism (print vs. electronic media is yet another divide I have to choose sides on)--usually hold some kind of degree or have some other kind of expertise on their subject.
Now as conspiracy theories begin to crop up--disconcertingly, I might add--about Nomar, the Net geeks vs. the Old Guard feud seems to be heating up as well. In general, I get the sense I'm going to be rolling my eyes a lot over the next few weeks.