(Interesting) Navel Gazing on WEEI

The first hour of today’s Big Show on WEEI was pretty interesting, as they discussed the transition of sports media into the internet age. The comparison was made to when radio and TV were getting into everyday sports coverage and resistance they encountered from the newspaper writers.

The topic came up when it was revealed that WEEI.com editor and Red Sox writer Rob Bradford, a co-host on the show today, is not currently a member of the BBWAA, (Baseball Writers Association of America) mostly because he does not write for a print publication, but instead for an internet site only. Bradford had been a member when he wrote for newspapers (Herald, E-T, Lowell Sun) in the past. Glenn Ordway even joked that Bradford appears on polls about Who is the best Red Sox Writer?  – so why isn’t he considered a writer by the BBWAA?

Ordway discussed coming up the media ranks in the 1970’s as a radio/TV guy (lugging around a giant reel-to-reel tape recorder) and the resistance he met from the old school newspaper writers. (Interestingly the name Clif Keane came up.)

It’s a pretty interesting discussion, we’ll see if they talk more about it as the afternoon goes on.

  • sam

    squirting toothpaste in your ears sounds more interesting.

    • RonBorges

      Sam… You made my day. I had the same thought but could not express it as succintly and clearly as you did. Bravo!

  • MarkB

    Ordway spend a few years bashing “the dot-nerd-dot-net guy in Mom’s basement,” until WEEI figured out they could make money on the Web and set up weei.com. Just about a week ago, they mentioned a sports blog host who was in the news and Ordway said “Who is he?” In other words, what right does he have to talk about sports in public?

    They STILL don’t get it. Or at least they think that if they deny it for long enough, it won’t really be there.

  • MarkB

    Make that “spent.”

  • Angry Old Bastard

    What was “Pete the Meat” doing while the conversation was going on?…..playing tic-tac-toe against himself?

    • Petes4thChin

      and losing as well.

      • Angry Old Bastard

        actually, I heard he won 3 out of 4

    • RonBorges

      Pete The Meat is an example of which era of sports journalism

      A) Drunk Pisan Era
      B) Stupid Pisan Era
      C) Hairy Pisan Era
      D) Talent-Less Pisan Era
      E) All of the Above

  • Chief

    After that conversation Rob Bradford provided Exhibit A as to why he shouldn’t be a baseball writer when he stated that recently Tim Wakefield has been just as effective as Josh Beckett. Since May 1 (from Rob Neyer and YFSF, not including their last starts)
    • Josh Beckett: 5-1, 2.52 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 50 Ks, 16 BB
    • Jon Lester: 4-3, 4.38 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 63 Ks, 18 BB
    • Tim Wakefield: 6-2, 6.13 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, 26 Ks, 22 BB
    • Brad Penny: 3-2, 4.10 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 38 Ks, 9 BB
    • Daisuke Matsuzaka: 1-3, 6.20 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, 27 Ks, 9 BB
    Maybe if you consider their LAST start he might be right.

  • Rusty Trombone

    Pete the Meat is human garbage.Big Show unlistenable…4 guys shouting over each other.So obvious how WEEI is pushing the website now,you can almost HEAR the meetings they had(“Hey,we gotta capture this internet thing..it might be big.”)Also,while Im at it on EEI,dale arnold ..brutal..an absolute phony.He knows nothing about sports,Holley smokes him in knowledge.Also,Arnold is a gigantic ball washer.Teddy,Tito,Curt,Vince..anyone in a uniform.Ann when Arnold tries to “go black”while “rapping”with Holley,its as painful as a rectal exam.