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Thursday, June 11, 2009
The Geoff Baker Rigidity AwardsAs I wrote this morning, the Jerod Morris/Raul Ibanez incident has made me realize that yes, taking writers to task for making irresponsible, evidence-free steroid allegations is a worthy endeavor. We simply can't tolerate it, and we should do everything we can to put a stop to it. That's why, as a continuing service, I will be highlighting similar egregious examples of writers who have leveled the worst, most damaging kind of innuendo a player can suffer.
Except unlike everyone who got bent out of shape over Morris, I'm going to include Genuine Professional Journalists in the public shaming.
I'm calling this feature the Geoff Baker Rigidity Award, after the Seattle Times intrepid writer who noted this morning that the people who hurl this kind of baseless innuendo wouldn't have passed the "very rigid course" he taught at Concordia University. If you read that piece, you realize that Baker is not a man to be trifled with. People's lives are on the goddamn line when he's out in the field, so anyone who wins this award should (a) consider themselves TOLD; and (b) should thank Geoff Baker for saving them from themselves before they go and get someone killed or something.
First up, courtesy of reader Andy H., comes the man who may very well be the highest paid sports journalist out there, which by definition makes him a professional. It's Rick Reilly who, after retroactively stripping Barry Bonds of his 2004 MVP, goes on to disqualify second place finisher Adrian Beltre from eligibility as well:
We're throwing out Beltre since, while he denies ever using PEDs, he fell off the face of the planet once baseball put in stricter steroid suspensions in 2005. If he wasn't cheating, I'm the Queen Mother.
So come on down Rick Reilly and accept the inaugural Geoff Baker Rigidity Award! Because you'll no doubt be busy getting creamed on national television and raked over the coals in print for the next few days due to your irresponsible allegations, I'll agree not to make you come here in person to accept it, even if that means you won't have to look me in the eye.
Got a nominee for the Geoff Baker Rigidity Awards? By all means, my good friends, send it along.*
*Selena Roberts not eligible, as she will soon be receiving a lifetime achievement award.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 1:51pm
Nice trash piece…......
Seriously people, the “attack journalism” is tired….let it die! Write about interesting, entertaining, informative material that make people want to read your work in the future.
The blogosphere has turned into nothing more than high school cliques, with the kids who think they are cool picking on everyone else…....Its simple, don’t point out people you have issues with, or feel superior to…...why draw more attention to them….if they are wrong, or just idiots, people will figure that out on their own and stop reading their work.
This type of article has really turned me and several others off to what isd otherwise a nice blog (USS Mariner), while always a “snooty”, know it all blog, its recently more often than not turned into attacks on Baker sprinkled with good stuff…....but its the attack pieces and constant “We are awesome” type posts that turn a lot of us off.
Posted 06/11 at 06:07 PM
Posted 06/11 at 06:42 PM
Seattle Zen said...
You write:“the Jerod Morris/Raul Ibanez incident has made me realize that yes, taking writers to task for making irresponsible, evidence-free steroid allegations is a worthy endeavor.”
Yet just yesterday you bring attention to a blog that does just that - “Tennis has a Steroid Problem”.
Should you not have taken him to task? His “evidence” are photos of muscles. Pathetic. How about a little consistency?
Posted 06/11 at 07:09 PM
how the Hell did Rick Reilly get to be the highest-paid sportswriter in America?
this isn’t even as bad as Barry Zito being the highest-paid pitcher of all time. This would be like Mariah Carey signing a contract to be the highest-paid pitcher of all time.
Posted 06/11 at 07:44 PM
Craig Calcaterra said...
Zen—fair enough, though to be clear, I wasn’t endorsing the tennis guy’s allegations. Some things, even if we disapprove, are worth linking on a “hey, look at that” basis.
Posted 06/11 at 09:01 PM
lisa gray said...
easy to shred some dude in his momma basement. too bad dude didn’t throw back some of rosenthal’s own “speculations” back at him
Posted 06/12 at 02:47 PM
Jester's Dad said...
Good points Devil Fingers, and props to CC for shining a light on MSM’s “baseless accusations”. As a somewhat frequent listener of sports radio and podcasts, it seems as though print journalists have a strong preference for slander over libel. It’s one thing to suggest something on the air, it’s another thing to put it in writing. Call my crazy, but I don’t see the distinction in world where everything is available in a digital format.
Posted 06/12 at 03:54 PM
SeattleZen: Craig was MAKING FUN of the tennis-steroid site. Smart people don’t have to rant to get their point across.
Posted 06/12 at 05:00 PM
Will Young said...
In a completely different vein from the PED allegations, Jim Souhan, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune once suggested that Joe Mauer completely invented an injury:
“In spring training [Mauer] caused a scare with what was termed a ‘stress reaction.’ I’ve spoken with trainers in other sports who have told me there is no such thing.”
Column here: http://www.startribune.com/sports/11700641.html
Posted 06/12 at 06:40 PM
Kent Williams said...
Craig: Please don’t quote me as anything but “someone who has spent a lot of time in the Blue Jays press box.” (I’m the founder of Batter’s Box and was probably the first blogger to get daily press passes, though they refrained from giving me a season credential and photo ID.)
Baker is more of a narcissist than any of the players he covers. Others on the beat used to joke that the only items on the walls of his apartment were framed photos of himself. And mirrors. All Geoff cares about when writing any article is increasing his own profile. He has such tremendous respect for the truth that he never resorts to using it. Though the “White Jays” fiasco was absolutely shameful, he never apologized and couldn’t stop grinning about all the attention for at least a week.
Rigidity is but one aspect of Kid Flash’s unique pathology, I mean personality. (He “confessed” that was his nickname in one of his many soliloquies about his own greatness.)
Posted 06/15 at 09:26 AM