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A Sad Day in Journalism

I will not buy anything written by or produced by Sports Illustrated. I will not go to their website and read articles there either. They will not receive ad revenue from this one reader.  I will not buy the books of their reporters. SI is the supermarket tabloid of sports. I am done with them.

Their irresponsible journalism not only defames individuals and puts black eyes on professional sports, but also protects the names of those breaking the law. Their hiring of controversial “journalists” further gives me reason to stay away.

They have no respect for the field of journalism. The swimsuit issue is a prime example of that. Sports Illustrated is only interested in making money at the exploitation of other people.

Yes, Alex Rodriguez made a colossal mistake. He took a substance with the hope that it would enhance his performance. He made a health mistake by injecting himself with a narcotic, and one purchased on the street in a foreign country. Further more, he did not even know how to use the substance properly. He consulted no team physician. He consulted no union representatives. He then lied about it in an interview. For all of those reasons, he is stupid.

As a voluntary participant of the 2003 drug testing that was used to determine the depth of the drug problem in Major League Baseball Alex agreed to anonymously play his part. He may or may not have been one of the names on that list. We still do not know for certain.

There is also a matter of Gene Orza’s alleged tipping of players coming up for tests. Who has the evidence that he tipped off players? Has a player come forward with that information? Has someone from the Player’s Union stepped forward with it? Who was it? Until names are made public and statements are able to be investigated we are left with pure speculation. Until evidence is made public we only have a man being brought out to slaughter.

Wild accusations from unnamed sources, if unproven, is libel. With no names to back up these claims, Sports Illustrated is not only being defamatory, but libelous as well. That is against the law. For all we know, those four anonymous sources of theirs who claim Alex’s name is on the list do not exist. Without the names of the sources behind Orza’s accusations, it can not be proved to have happened.

This article is nothing short of sensationalism.

For all we know, Selena Roberts and David Epstein took a pot shot at Alex and it stuck. They got lucky. Alex came clean. He didn’t have to. He opened up and got it out there. He got the monkey off of his back. Now there is another monkey that is floating around.

There are still too many holes in this story. There is zero credibility in the news reporting.

The problem with journalism in this country is how the balance between honesty and marketing has become uneven. This debacle is precise proof of just that.

In an editorial written for The Gaurdian about the Duke Lacrosse Team, Esptein wrote, “This story is about a country that has been bursting at the seams to
talk about sports, sex, violence, race, and elitism in all their
various combinations and permutations.

He later writes about how the court of public opinion then plays a bigger part in the results of such headlines. It strikes me odd, then, that a journalist who can identify such a problem would later sell out those beliefs to break a story with such little journalistic integrity.

Ironically enough, the same topic gained Selena Roberts some attention with her less than complimentary editorials (one could hardly call them news reports).  Roberts repeatedly slams the accused athletes for their race, their class, and even their level of education.

Jefferson Anders, an author at BloggerNews.net, stated in an April 13, 2007 entry, “What the coverage of the Duke lacrosse case says about American
journalism isn’t particularly appetizing. For the most part, the
mainstream media joined in a ratings-driven rush to judgment, presuming
guilt on the part of the Duke Three.

The same trend is mirrored here in the verbal assaults of Alex Rodriguez and Gene Orza.

David Esptein, Selena Roberts, and Sports Illustrated need to apologize to Alex, baseball, fans, and the field of journalism for their irresponsible reporting. Roberts needs to include that apology in her defamatory book that has been so conveniently pushed for release sooner.

The American people have to stop allowing themselves to be fed such garbage.


I Hate Valentine’s Day

Mark Newman (http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com) wrote an interesting article about love and hate in the greatest game ever played. I suggest you read it and read my response to it below:


I hate the Boston Red Sox. I hate their fans. I hate the attitudes. I
hated their stupid hair cuts. I hate looking at Kevin Youkalis’ ugly
face. I hate Dustin Pedroia.

I hate Josh Beckett. I have EXTRA hate for
him. Not only is he on the rotten Red Sox, but he helped to steal the
2003 World Series from my beloved Yankees. The only thing he did right
was go to the Sox — so I can hate him even more.

I don’t care how
clutch the Sox are. I don’t care how extremely talented they are.
They’re ugly. They’re stupid. I hate them.

I hate that Yankee games broadcast on ESPN are blacked out due to YES.
I hate my cable company in Northeastern PA for not carrying YES. I can
watch every Buckos game, I can watch every Phillies game. I can catch
what seems to be every freaking game but home Yankee games not carried
on My9. I hate going to my brother’s house to watch a home game on YES
that isn’t there because it is broadcast on My9. He doesn’t get My9. I
hate that.

I hate the National League. Pitchers aren’t supposed to bat. I don’t
care how good D-Train was at it or how cool it was to watch him slap
homers over the fence. It’s stupid. Get a DH. Platoon your outfielders.
Quit being in the stone age NLers. It’s like the pansy Western
Conference in Hockey. It’s not brutal enough.

I hate hearing the
whiners and haters whine and hate on the Yankees. Your jealousy is a
stinky cologne.

I hate when people say “We won” and “They lost” when
referring to their favorite teams. If you aren’t on the team, win or
lose, you aren’t on the team at all.

I hate Josh Beckett. Did I say
that yet? He’s evil. I wish he was a terrible pitcher so I didn’t have to hate him. I’m sure he’s a nice guy and all, but somehow that makes me hate him even more. The idea of him being charitable makes me angry. I feel like he should be a jerk so that other people would hate him instead of just me.

I hate Sports Illustrated. I hate their post championship commercials where you can have a stupid DVD with your subscription featuring the eventual winner of the World Series, the Superbowl, The Stanley Cup, or Basketball’s unnamed championship. I hate that basketball doesn’t have a cool championship name.

I hate the Giants. I hate their stadium. I hate that home run balls fly into the water. I hate the stupid fans with their stupid canoes waiting for Bonds (when he was there) to crank another one out of the park.

I hate ballparks that are built for home run derbys. I hate ballparks built for pitchers to diminish home runs too. I hate the Green Monster. I hate that the Cathedral wasn’t good enough and some idiot decided to tear down Yankee Stadium. What the deuce?

I hate people who whine about salary caps. Salary caps will fix nothing. While we are being unrealistic with our salary demands on players lets actually look at a system fair to players and owners alike — flat rate salaries based upon years of service with incentive bonuses. Everyone gets a fair shake across the board. I hate salary caps.

I hate 7 game playoff series. Divisional round should be three games. League round should be five games. World Series should be seven games. I hate the Cubs. Scratch that. I hate Chicago baseball teams. I even hate Chicago. What kind of name is “The Windy City” anyway? That’s dumb.

You know what else is dumb? Teams from California. Quit crying, you have sunshine all year long. Come endure a Pennsylvania winter. Then you can complain to me. We have to bundle up for games in the late fall. You wear shorts.

I hate free agency and the lack of loyalty. Why can’t players come up through the system and fight for a spot on their team? My team is one of the worst offenders too! I hate when players slack off until contract years.

I hate that Don Mattingly isn’t good enough to get in the Hall of Fame. Guys like Mattingly deserve to be there. I hate that Roger Maris had an asterisk for his record just because of the different amounts of games played. I hate the record books.

I hate when small market team owners fail to put more resources into their teams. It’s not my fault The Boss made his money in the shipping industry and his Yankees are a side project that he loves. I wish Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, etc were given that amount of love from their owners. Let Mark Cuban buy one of these teams. He’ll dump resources into it, even if he goes broke doing it.

I hate reading about steroids. I want to read about baseball. I want to read about spring training. I want to read about prospects snaking their way up through the ranks. I hate only hearing rumors and accusations.

I hate that A-Rod doesn’t even know what he tested positive for. I hate that Selena Roberts is being given so much credibility when her magical sources are still unnamed. I hate that everyone jumped on the ‘A-Roid’ bandwagon without even an ounce of credible evidence. I hate that he was guilty before he even had a chance to defend himself. I hate the idea of records being erased. I hate the discussion about suspensions for anonymous drug tests that where the basis of baseball recognizing it had a drug problem and coming clean through it. I hate witch hunts. I hate irresponsible journalism. I hate when people break big news just weeks before they are to release a book about the target of their hear-say.

I hate when people leave comments on MLB.com’s news pages thinking that they are on the team website only. Hey morons, those news articles run on feeds that are displayed on relevant team pages as well as the MLB website. My comments about how evil Josh Beckett is and how stupid the Nation is aren’t posted only the Red Sox site — they are posted on all of the MLB. I can access your stories from the Yankee’s page.

Do you know what else I hate? I hate how almost every blog I wrote with
off season predictions ended up being wrong. My expectations,
apparently, were too low. I hate being wrong. I hate typos too. I hate Josh Beckett and
being wrong  and making typos. I also hate Bobby Abreu no longer being in Pinstripes. Mostly, I hate Josh Beckett.

But I love baseball. These are the best months of the year. I love this
hate. It’s a healthy hate. It makes the love that much sweeter. Thank
you for reminding me to hate. I feel good getting this hate out from off my chest.

Screw Christmas. Baseball season is the most wonderful time of the year.

Major League Baseball.

I live for this.