Why It's Hard To Trust Mainstream Media

Posted by Dave Nichols | Friday, December 19, 2008 | , , | 3 comments »

This article, posted just a little bit ago by SI.com's Jon Heyman, is everything bad about "new media", big market bias, and unnamed sources.

I'll leave to you read his story and make up your own opinion, but these are the lines that gets me:

"At least a half-dozen baseball executives with some knowledge of the process suggested to SI.com that the Red Sox remain interested in Teixeira and are merely intent on sticking to their last proposal (which one source pegged at close to but probably not more than $180 million for eight years). While none of these people were in the room in Dallas where Red Sox owner John Henry and general manager Theo Epstein met with Teixeira and his agent, Scott Boras, they all have some peripheral knowledge of the negotiations.

Several of these baseball executives suggested Henry and Epstein could merely be engaging in a game of poker with Boras, and all said they believed the Red Sox still would like to land Teixeira, the biggest free-agent prize among everyday players."

YOU AND I have peripheral knowledge of the negotiations!!!

Basically, Heyman writes that some baseball people are theorizing that a) Boras was bluffing that he had a better offer and b) the Red Sox are just calling his bluff.

However, the headline of the story on SI.com reads: Sources: Sox still in Teixeira hunt.

And of course, every Red Sox, Angels, Nats and Orioles fan are going to be driven to SI.com to read the story, just like I was, and the basis of the whole article is nothing but innuendo, gossip and rumor. In other words, crap.

Be careful what you read during baseball's hot stove league.


  1. Anonymous // December 19, 2008 at 5:51 PM  

    Heyman's a joke, but I like his sources better than yours or most bloggers'.

  2. Dave Nichols // December 19, 2008 at 8:52 PM  

    anon, you positive about that? :-)

  3. Steven // December 19, 2008 at 9:25 PM  

    I like it when you get fired up. Good work.