That sports radio station with the little fat guy and the baseball writer from the tabloid newspaper with the high pitched voice was talking about a certain paragraph on a sports media web site today. (And no I’m not talking about any filthy canines.)
The guy with the high pitched voice denied that he had ever suggested that if a certain pitcher with a local baseball team wouldn’t cease and desist from engaging in Internet conversations with fans of said team that aforementioned high pitched voiced writer would refuse to promote charities of the pitcher. Writer was shown to be a liar when tape of writer saying exactly that was played by the esteemed producer of the radio show.
Seriously…what a bunch of bunk. Reading an entire paragraph off here, but can’t mention the correct name of the site? Or who wrote it? Tony Massarotti and many of the other traditional media types feel threatened and out of their comfort zone. They’re used to controlling the information that gets to the fans. Now, if players are directly communicating with the fans, the media loses that bit of control, and their bosses are questioning them as to why they’re not getting that information. Their ecosystem is being challenged and their instinct is to fight. First, they mock. They must try to discredit anything from the Internet. Refer to the people who use it as “geeks” and portray them as living in their parents basements. Then as the medium gets more established, they move onto attacks.
Massarotti came out recently and said that Nomar was sticking it to the Red Sox by taking his time coming back. When Nomar asked who was saying such things, Massarotti was silent. Typical. I’ve enjoyed Massarotti’s work in the past, and still think he’s a good, talented writer. He can be very good at times on the Big Show because he isn’t afraid to challenge Ordway. But he’s all wet with his paranoia over Internet sites. Perhaps if he and his colleagues didn’t spend so much time taking potshots at the athletes, the players would be more inclined to talk to them, rather than feeling the need to skip over them and go directly to the fans.
SoSH and Curt Schilling may have been a bit naive in how they tried to contain the information in Schilling’s visits there. That’s rather out of character with the spirit of the Internet. But those who might try to say that Massarotti is just trying to get that information out to all the fans that don’t have access to SoSH are off base as well. The Schilling/SoSH experiment was done with good intentions, but a couple of sayings come to mind here, first something about the road to hell and what it is paved with, and the second is the no good deed goes unpunished. Schilling has said that he would say the same things to the print and broadcast media that he says in his posts…if they asked the questions…which none did. He didn