…unless you’re a sports journalist. Seriously, sportswriters can write absolutely anything, and suffer zero retribution if they are wrong – even if what they’ve written is complete fabrication.
We see it every year at the trade deadline, where every sportswriter says such and such deal is going to happen, citing unnamed sources, etc. I wrote about this almost 10 years ago, and nothing has changed.
The latest ridiculously was sparked by Newsday, which said without a shred of evidence that the Mets brass talked about bringing in Barry Bonds to fix the outfield woes since Moises Alou is out for 4-12 weeks (factoring in Alou Standard Time).
Whew, glad to hear that response. But yet two days later, Newsday had Lennon write a back-page story totally dedicated to the Mets bringing Bonds on board. There was no evidence, no reference other than Minaya’s response a few days before. Suddenly, though, Lennon turned this into Mets front office "intrigue," asking players about bringing him on board.
Then village idiot Wallace Mathews dedicated a full column to this non-story. The brain-dead Mathews runs down a list of reasons why the Mets are idiots for considering it (which, we reiterate, there has been ZERO sign of). While, granted, Mathews is the same tool who equated Pedro Martinez talking about a future contract with the Mets as a kid killing his parents (I kid you not…this was classic idiocy even for Mathews), there’s something wrong when a writer can just make something up. If "real news" journalists do this, they get fired…usually.
If you check around, all other New York media outlets have said this is not considered in the slightest. WFAN beat reporter Ed Coleman said the front office has flat out said Bonds is not even a consideration. As for where the manufactured "intrigue" comes from, it’s apparently in the imagination of the unprofessional.