Bloggers to beat writers: Suck it up

Indians hitting Beckett where it hurts

EJ Fagan over at our old home has a great piece up on the beat writers’ overreactions to the non-news emanating from Tampa right now. His point – and it’s a good one – is that the Yankees are under no obligation to rush their decision simply to create news for writers searching for off-season, pre-free agency stories. Check it out.

Indians hitting Beckett where it hurts
  • Tim Tohnson

    I don’t like EJ. He’s not nearly as good as that other guy they’ve got over there.

    That’s right.

    • dan

      Jim, I was just about to write a long thing about why EJ is right, and then I saw the link to MVN. I was thinking to myself, “Hhhmmm, Tohnson is an odd name.” That would have been embarrassing.

      • Tim Tohnson
  • Count Zero

    I am on board with EJ on this — when I read that entry by Pete on LoHud I had the exact same reaction. Namely, “Here’s a clue…the main purpose of the meeting in Tamps is NOT to provide you guys with your article for tomorrow.”

    Personally, I don’t hold Pete Abraham in the “high regard” most of you guys do. I actually think his analysis is pretty weak — the only thing making his blog worth reading is that he has better access to the clubhouse than non-credentialed bloggers and he updates frequently. I don’t read LoHud for the insightful posts. ;-)

    • steve (different one)

      not to mention most (not all) of the comments on his blog must be written by 12 year olds.

  • Rob

    I agree completely. It must drive the writers nuts that there are no moles in Tampa. The organization is lean and mean and keeps their mouths shut. Now Cashman can return to NY, see what he can negotiate with Torre, and then re-evaluate.

    Major corporations takes months and sometimes years to make major decisions. The Yanks will take at least through next week, and most especially to announce a deal during the World Series. Then they can turn to Boras.

  • EJ

    Thanks for the plug guys.

    Print media is on the way out. These professional writers (and I’m far from one) will either need to adapt or be pushed out of business. I hope that they get it.

    On Abraham – I have constantly problems with his analysis, but at least his method is a a little bit more evolved than other beat writers. He doesn’t throw out Fire Joe Morgan material all the time.

  • Brian

    I don’t want the Yankees to make a quick decision; too much is at stake, not in a world crisis-way but in a you-and-I-pay-way-too-much-attention-to-this-stuff-and-I-prefer-a-well-thought-decision-out-of-this way. So I basically agree with EJ on that point, but EJ also tends to try and make five or six other very badly executed points at once and comes off sounding like he thinks he is highly qualified to do so. He’s not and I read hundreds of commentors on this site alone that could do a better job than he does. Count Zero is exactly right about PeteAbe and his access. In fact, the most harsh but likely most true piece on the EJ blog is this comment from Fred Durst:
    “One thing about Pete: He’s as lazy as it gets. He talks about it being “undignified” for reporters to wait outside Legends Field during the meetings and then steals the quotes those hard-working reporters get from Cashman as if he had picked up the phone himself. Pete tries to act all like the king of journalism and baseball, but he’s the worst kind of hack: lazy, unprincipled, dishonest. It’s why he’s tried time and time again to get a job at one of the bigger papers and failed. Don’t take him seriously.”
    Not to entirely rail on the messenger if that’s what Pete Abe is, but we should simply appreciate PeteAbe’s blog for what it is and does. Just because we’re all a little bored and more than a little overinvested in all this doesn’t mean we should go apeshit on our sources or the Yankee braintrust.
    2008 hasn’t happened yet and we can’t make it happen now. It’s science.

  • Mr. Faded Glory

    I often greatly disagree with Abraham’s analysis, but I’ll give the guy credit: he holds himself accountable for what he says. Unlike George King or Jay Greenberg, he’ll admit when he’s wrong.

    • Joseph P.

      I think King doesn’t admit when he’s wrong because that wouldn’t be the expedient way to do things. Rather, he should pat himself on the back publicly when he’s right, since it happens so infrequently. Otherwise every other column of his would be admitting his mistakes.

  • davi

    Torre is in Tampa!