Friday, July 07, 2006

Juicy gossip

I'd like to address this article by Gordon Edes, which, along with its subject matter, is going to be pretty controversial.

Seth Mnookin, a columnist for various papers, is coming out with a book about the Sox FO called "Feeding the Monster" on July 11. Being a Red Sox-obsessed geek, I've pre-ordered a copy and can't wait to read it. That didn't change at all after today's column on it, but I have to admit I was a little repelled, which is not my normal reaction to Edes.

What he does here is give us a little smattering of material in the book. That's well and good. I've seen some of it already on Mnookin's website. But Edes focuses almost entirely on the events of last Halloween. The book is 450 freaking pages, there is a lot more in it than that. Everyone's going to read it anyway, but why did the Globe have to highlight it? Given their ambiguous ties with the Red Sox and all the media shit that hit the fan last year, you'd think they might want to be a little more cautious.

CHB watch: Of course, our favorite columnist is also mentioned. Here's the excerpt:

And Epstein, despite his ``bitterness" over leaks about the negotiations, ``was at peace" with his decision to return, until reading an Oct. 30 column in the Globe by Dan Shaughnessy, headlined ``Let's iron out some of this dirty laundry," that was critical of Epstein. Convinced that either Lucchino or his longtime lieutenant, Dr. Charles Steinberg, was the source of the column, Epstein e-mailed Henry with his intentions to resign the next day, according to the book.

``I have a huge pit in my stomach," Epstein wrote, ``but it's nowhere near as big a pit as I'd have if I'd already signed a contract."
So there you have it, clear as day. This has long been what I suspected, and what CHB couldn't seem to get through his thick skull. The column in and of itself did not cause any sort of huge about-face. It just pushed Theo over the edge. CHB never seemed to understand that it wasn't the words themselves that did it, but what they were symbolic of: a breach of trust. And since he wrote the damned thing, he's complicit. Let's not pretend he's the only one that would have written the thing, because journalists are journalists (read: turdballs) but his poison pen is unique.

I'm not quite sure why the paper would want this published. It's publicity, but I don't subscribe to the adage that any publicity is good publicity. They had enough egg on their face when that "Epstein signs 3-year contract" story (written by Edes, incidentally) turned out to be wrong, and then when it turned out that another one of their columnists was a reason why it was wrong, the egg became an omelet. Nobody trusts the Globe any more. I personally know dozens of people who called in and cancelled their subscriptions on Nov. 1. And yet here they are, broadcasting clear as day what people suspected already, and even linking to the stupid column! I just don't get it.

And one more thing: After reading what I've read, I have to say that anybody in the Sox FO who was surprised when Theo resigned is an oblivious idiot. There were multiple openings to stop that train wreck. It was coming from a mile away.


Green Mountain Boy said...

And the CHB is the biggest turdball of them all! ;-)

I for one am among those who rarely, if ever reads the Glob(e) anymore for Sox coverage--and it was the Dirty Laundry column that pushed me over the edge.

OB--tell your buddy, the CHB, that he is obsolete and an assclown par excellance!

jenny said...

I don't feel like editing again, so I'll just put it here:

That paragraph I excerpted honestly shocked me. For so long, so many people dismissed the notion that the Dirty Laundry column was the major reason behind Theo's resignation. Maybe it wasn't the major reason, but it directly caused it. Theo read it, and he then e-mailed Henry to tell him he was quitting. A, then B. Direct link.

I don't know what I'm more surprised by: the fact that Theo got so upset over it, the fact that the immediate explanation for why he quit is so simple, or the fact that the Globe is parading this around like they should be proud of it.

fadedredsoxhat said...

I'm stunned that the Globe, whose parent company owns 17% of the Sox, ran this story!

But I'm ecstatic that they did because CHB got thrown under his own bus. How would you like to be a fly on the wall when he read that? Seems like the book is loaded with "juicy gossip". I'll have to get it.

jenny said...

I've got it on rush preorder and I read really fast (got through Harry Potter #6 in four hours, although with the worst headache I've ever had in my life afterward), so I'm going to try to make notes of any CHB references and do a little review thing, because I have way too much time on my hands and CHB seems to have put a temporary kibosh on his verbal diarrhea. SO look for that some time next week.