Some spot on commentary from Todd Jones.
In Boston, there is a distinct line between the media and the players. To be honest, the media here is brutal. They are the most negative spin doctors I’ve run into. They make big deals out of nothing. One reporter goes in for an interview, and the next thing you know there are 35 around your locker asking the dumbest questions, such as, “Did you mean to give up that homer?” or “After this loss, is your team finished?”
In fact, in spring training, there are meetings about how to handle the media in Boston. Reporters here ask the same question six different ways. They figure you’re not smart enough to figure out they’re asking the same question, and you’ll answer it just to get them to leave you alone. They will ask the question like, “Do you think Player A or Player B should have caught the ball that cost you the game?” You give them Player A, and the headline says, “Jones says Player B didn’t hustle, cost Sox the game.” You’re like, “Huh? What just happened?”
The beat writers who are in the clubhouse all the time and are around the players all the time are just doing their jobs. They are the good guys — they have to be. If you burn a player, and he won’t talk to you, you can’t do your job.
I emphasize the last point, because I’ve said to people time and time again…if you want the best coverage of the Sox (and the Yankees, for that matter), read the Hartford Courant. They have an excellent beat writer covering each team, and they don’t have any axes to grind.
I doubt I’ll even post tomorrow about this game I’m watching…except maybe about the fact that I think Mendoza should get the Appier treatment.