I was going to write this long rant about the Boston sports media and Clay Buchholz’ appearance at a charity event Wednesday night, but Bruce Allen, of Boston Sports Media Watch, really sums everything up perfectly here and here so I will send you his way.
Here’s my short rant: Clay’s doctor didn’t want him flying across the damn country but didn’t tell him to spend the next six weeks in bed. He didn’t drink, the team and his doctor were good with him going and it was for CHARITY. There is nothing, nothing wrong with what Clay did. The media can bitch all they want about “perceptions” but they are the ones trying to create the perception of something bad going on and it’s up to us, the intelligent sports fans who know the media has an agenda, to ignore the created perception and see things for what they really are. Eric Wilbur actually called Clay an ‘idiot’ for going to the charity event so I feel comfortable calling Eric Wilbur an idiot for writing something so hateful and, well, stupid.
When the likes of Deadspin calls you out…and they’re right about what they’re calling you out for…it’s time to realize you’re the problem, not the players, Boston sports media. I never thought I’d type the words “Bravo, Deadspin” but there you have it. Also, Hardball Talk’s Craig Calcaterra has done some good work on this story as well. It’s nice to see the national sports media being able to acknowledge that it isn’t always the fans who are irrational. The Boston sports media has not draped itself in honor lately and it’s about time that was being acknowledged on the national level.
The Red Sox lost last night. They lost to a team they should have beaten and on a night when every other team in the AL East lost so they would have gained some ground. It bothered me after the game, for a long while. As often is the case with me, the new day takes away some of the annoyances from the previous day. I’m not bothered about the Red Sox losing last night/this morning but I sure as hell am still bothered by the idea that we haven’t even hit the All Star break yet and the Boston sports media is already on round, what, three I guess, of trying to create a rift between the fans and the players.