PETE ROSE, BARRY BONDS, A-ROD, ROGER CLEMENS, GOTCHA’ JOURNALISM

February 17, 2009

 

I was sitting in Danny’s Barbershop and a few of us (waiting customers) began talking about baseball’s Hall of Fame and what it’s going to be like without its leader for hits (Rose),  the single season home run leader (Bonds), the potential career home run leader (A-Rod), and one of its best pitchers (Clemens).

Tom Robinson, of the Hampton Virginian, asked how “Fame” should be defined. It could mean notoriety that’s not necessarily nobility. It could mean renown that’s not necessarily good repute. It could mean recognizability that’s not necessarily due to good works. But then again, it COULD BE nobility, good repute, and altruism after all.

But the in today’s news it wouldn’t be considered worthy of print because the present “tear ‘em down” attitude is what’s thought of as “good news.” We rarely hear of the good things people do.

This is the credo of the objectivists who believe that if you can only say nice things, don’t say ANYTHING unless you can spin it so it doesn’t look that good. For example, let’s suppose a ballplayer is asked a highly personal question by one of the “inquiring-mind reporters” and they refuse to even acknowledge it, that “IMR” might spin it to say- “So and So refused to deny the allegation” giving the impression that it were true or that he had something to hide that was even more salacious.

How is that good sports writing? It’s not!

I have to say that I’M AN AVOWED HOMER AND I’M PROUD TO SAY I AM!

Yes, I root for the Yankees, the Mets, the Jets and Giants (even though they play in Jersey; they wear the NY on their helmets), the Knicks, and the Rangers. I always have and I always will.

These “gotcha’” reporters who rely on cell phone pictures and sniper photos that accompany their negative stories don’t create a release and escape from the stresses of our everyday living.

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