12.17.04 Afternoon

A small movement seems to have begun that asserts that Butch Stearns is being vindicated by Pedro’s comments about Curt Schilling the last couple days. You recall that back in September, Stearns claimed on WEEI that Pedro and Schilling didn’t like each other based on the fact that he didn’t see them hugging after games. Schilling called into the program and blasted him for the statements. After claiming he didn’t want to be the story, Stearns went on his Fox25 Sportscast and devoted the whole segment to the incident. Now, with Pedro’s comments, a few people have put forth the idea that Stearns deserves an apology for the ridicule he took for the statements he made. That’s preposterous. I’ll leave it to a couple of BSMW readers to put things in perspective:

Butch Stearns used as his "evidence" quotes from players that turned out not to say what Butch was saying at all. In fact, ample footage came out later showing that Butch was 100% percent wrong when he said the 2 pitchers don't talk or look at each other on the bench or after games.

That’s exactly right. Stearns had no evidence to support his claims. Just because he may have turned out in the end to be correct in his conclusion, it doesn’t justify his “throwing it out there” and trying to be “edgy” and bring attention to himself without a shred of evidence. Nor should he be getting any sort of praise or apologies. Speaking of bringing attention to himself, another reader says:

Is it a guarantee that Butch is on the Big Show today? Probably a call in guest where he'll feign humility "I only wanted the truth out there and I hold no animosity toward Schilling for browbeating me on live radio. In this business our job is to report the facts. I never wanted to be the story"

I could see that happening very easily. It seems the media is very quick to apologize or make amends to one of their own, but in this instance, the idea of an apology is unwarranted. Throw enough stuff against the wall, some of it is bound to stick. Or as one of my favorite sayings goes, even a stopped clock is right twice a day…



Jim Baker looks at two big media stories this week that have been drowned out by the Hot Stove talk: Bob Lobel and Sean McDonough. About Lobel, Baker says:

Both stories are tough, but Lobel