Boston Dirt Dog is a fraud

OK, to many, I realize this isn't news.  But read on:

Bruce Allen has an interesting piece on BSMW today regarding the recent 'Nomar doesn't want a ring' story.


A recent example calls into question exactly what is the
role of BostonDirtDogs. Is it a legit news outlet, or is it just
another blog?

Recently there was uproar over a report on BostonDirtDogs that stated
that Nomar Garciaparra was not interested in receiving a World Series
ring. According to this report, Nomar is quoted as having answered a
fan during a signing session at Cubs spring training in Arizona who
asked if he was excited about receiving a World Series ring from the
Red Sox: "I don't want it. They can keep it."

This item appeared on BostonDirtDogs on February 25th, 2005, with the
alleged quotes from Nomar in bold headline print, and underneath a
picture of Nomar, there was, also in bold:

Breaking News: Sulking Shortstop Does Not Want Sox Series Ring

Silva took that information and went on a celebratory media tour,
calling into WEEI over the weekend, and making an appearance on CN8's
Sportspulse on Monday night, during which the incident was talked about
with host Ed Berliner at length. Here is a transcript of that portion
of the show:

Berliner: I think you were the first on the website to have the news
about Nomar Garciaparra not wanting his ring, basically that he
wouldn't take it.

Silva: I think I'm the only one who has it.

Berliner: I think you were as a matter of fact and we reported it that
night simply because I thought it was interesting. What's the take on
Nomar, basically wasn't he measured for a ring, first of all?

Silva: Oh sure, he's gonna take the ring. He'll accept it. He's not
going to say anything publicly if it's going to get him in hot water.
It doesn't behoove him to tell a reporter he that he doesn't want his

Berliner: But he said that…

Silva: In a conversation, in a quiet moment when he was caught off
guard. He said "I don't want it, they can keep it." And that's how he
really feels. I mean, I think its no secret that Nomar, that the public
Nomar vs. the private Nomar are two different people. Last year he was
known to fib a little bit about his injury, even to his teammates, so
in all the controversy that went on with him about what he said behind
the scenes with his contract, and what he was saying publicly, and this
is just one more instance of what Nomar says when he lets his guard
down vs. what he says publicly. He's gonna take the ring of course,
because if he didn't take the ring publicly there would be a media
firestorm and he'll look like an ingrate.

Berliner: Sounds like he was already an ingrate from what he was saying he didn't want the ring…

Silva: Yeah, sure. Right.

An interesting exchange, to be sure. Silva is very definite in what
took place here. He even makes the statement that this is how Nomar
"really feels". How can he be so sure?


So how did Silva come across this information, which not a small item?

Silva received an anonymous email tip from a "Jessica" that gave him
the above information. Without attempting to verify the source of the
email…not even asking for the last name, phone number or address of the
sender, the "tip" went up onto, credited to "Our AZ
correspondent Jessica".

Silva related the contents of the email on the website. This was all
within an hour of originally receiving the email. "Jessica" received a
brief and quick reply: "Great report Jessica. Thanks. Going up now."

Later, Silva received a warning that the information was likely not
correct, he brushed it aside, claiming that he knew Jessica well and
that she was credible.

BSMW has learned in the last 24 hours that the original email was a
hoax, and that the warning came from the same person who sent the
original email. It was done on purpose by the person to see what Silva
would do with the information. Copies of all emails from the exchange
(with internet headers intact) are now in my possession.


I sent an inquiry to editor Teresa M. Hanafin, letting her
know I was looking to do an article on the situation with Nomar
allegedly refusing the ring and got the following response back: "Oh,
Bruce, please — spare me. It's a blog, for God's sake. Lighten up.
Given some of the content on your website, you're hardly in a position
to be flinging mud."

The response was disappointing on many levels. I make it a point not to
"fling mud" as she puts it; in fact, I think anyone would be hard
pressed to find an instance where I have done that in this space. I
believe she is referring to message board posts from people who
frequent the boards at a separate domain. (.net as opposed to .com)
However, has dozens of message boards, and I'm no more
responsible for what is posted on message boards attached to this site
than Ms. Hanafin would be for the ones.

The second and much bigger point is that she can so casually toss off
the fact that Steve Silva–who has a huge following– is posting
unsubstantiated rumors and outright fabrications as breaking

Go read the entire well done commentary on, then come back and discuss. 

And if this happend THIS TIME, how many other times did it
happen?  The 'Sherm Feller' controversy comes to mind, as does the
recent Canseco bit.  IMHO, this has to make you question much of
what Steve puts on his website…and at the very least, it will do 2

1.  Fewer people will take that drivel as gospel
2.  There will be less drivel on there as Steve will be forced to
fact check a little bit more rather than run with whatever is flung in
his direction.

What do YOU think?


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