Monday, March 26, 2007

We Are Not Alone

I thought readers of this site would appreciate links to what other basement dwellers are writing about Dan's latest.

Curt in his big basement in Medfield gives his response. points out the huge discrepancy between Dan's attempt at humor and the actual questions at 38pitches.

The posters at BaseballThinkFactory, no fans of Schilling, weigh in against Dan's latest attack.

I am going to spend the rest of the night composing a well worded but nasty email to Shank and his boss. Feel free to provide your own emails in the comments.


Michael Wolf said...

I sent a letter to the Globe last night. I've republished it here.

I think I make a decent point or two, but I also don't let the chance to trash Shaughnessy go by.

Anonymous said...

Here is a copy of an email I sent to Dan (copying the Globe editor):

As a Boston Globe reader for over twenty years, I have read quite a few of your articles. Growing up, I looked forward to reading your columns along with those from Peter Gammons. I am curious about your work over the last couple of years. Basically, I want to know, "What happened?". Insight has passed away; enjoyment of sport, the athlete, the competition, has faded. In its place are the angry rants of a curmudgeon. If something from your personal life is souring your writing then address it. If you have lost the joy, find something else to do. We don't want to hear from you anymore.

Your 38Pitches blog ("Famous guest blogs in") is a new low, even for you. It is not well written, funny, witty, original....I could go on. I would have been embarrassed to turn that article in as homework when I was in the 6th grade.

People watch and read about sports as a diversion, an enjoyment. Certainly not every article should be positive but when the reader senses you have no passion and don't enjoy it anymore, it is time to move on to something else. At this point, you are like Nomar during the summer of 2004, just a shadow of your former self and a negative "cancer in the clubhouse" that needs to be moved.

Former reader"

CHB actually responded but (surprise!) it wasn't very noteworthy.

His response: "will miss you, fanboy.

Anonymous said...

JUST CAN'T HELP MYSELF! I had to respond back to Danny-boy. Here's a copy


By the way, don't take solace thinking that those who criticized this most recent column just "don't get it". People understand you were trying to be funny and perhaps original; it's just that you failed at both. Either time has passed you by or you "mailed it in".

If you were merely trying to create a reaction, then congratulations, you succeeded. I just assumed you would want discussion to revolve around the merits of your argument rather than the current dialogue mostly along the lines of "It sucks" vs. "It doesn't suck so badly"."

OK, got to get back to work.

michael said...

Anon - I hope you forwarded Dan's reply to the editor as well.

Michael Wolf said...

Woohoo! My letter was published, slightly edited. See the Globe's letters page of 28 March 2007.

Chris said...

Cutting to the chase, CHB HATES the fact that this 'new media' exists. The Internet has nuked 'his' newspaper and 'his' career. Blogs have short-circuited his reason for being, and I for one LOVE it! You can just HEAR the anger and rage in every piece CHB writes. He is an angry old man, his newspaper is a laughingstock and so are his colleagues, and he no longer rules the roost when it comes to thought and commentary.

For those of us who hate CHB with a passion, these are indeed the best of times!