Remember yesterday when we linked to what I called one of the most obnoxious posts in all the internet? Well, Todd Zolecki, who was discussed in the post, wrote about it yesterday and took the high road in defending his position. I called the author names on Twitter (and on the show).
(Note: I have been up since 2:45am and spent TWO HOURS trying to get a baby to sleep. Note2: That does not sway my opinion on this matter one bit, but may, in fact, add to my cantakerousness. I’m okay with that).
Here’s the link again and please read it while you listen or before you listen or after you listen. Bill Baer wrote it, and he could be the nicest guy on the planet. I may love him and want to drink 1,000 beers with him. But he sure writes like a pompous twit. There’s not a brush broad enough to compare to this tripe. What’s glaringly obvious to everyone (except perhaps the author) is that in writing such a missive toward those who don’t agree with your stance on any topic – be it Sabermetrics or whether or not the Earth is round or flat – he is doing exactly what he admonished those same people for doing to him! Was that on purpose? Was the entire post a work just to rile up people like me? I can’t believe it’s not somewhat tongue in cheek, right?
Maybe it’s just bad writing and he doesn’t realize how entirely pompous, disrespectful and flat-out wrong he sounds. It has to be. And look, I’m friends with people on all sides of this big media landscape and see the lines graying between MSM and new media every single day. But I’ll be the first to admit I still have a bit of an MSM chip on my shoulder. I really try to protect the blogs from my ire, focusing more on those who we feel have gotten too big for their media britches. But blogger or not, this is as MSM-elitist as a post can get.
It’s not, however, as terrible as this post (the original has since been taken down) by Paul Ladewski of the Pirate Report who ripped the Penguins for not being…good?
Now that the Penguins have gone belly-up in the playoffs for the fourth time in five years in the Sidney Crosby era, maybe we’ll hear less about how their ownership will turn around the Pirates in no time if given the chance.
It’s amazing, and Ladewski has been getting crushed all over the place for this ridiculous post, with some in Pittsburgh media going so far as to question his journalistic integrity. Yikes.
Look, in both cases I understand that writers can play to their audiences and some sites are for more narrow groups of readers – be they snobby elite statheads, Pirates fans or anyone in between. And this show isn’t some rant about how I think I’m some great shakes as a writer. Everyone should have confidence when they write. Everyone should, in theory, think what they are writing is in some way adding to the greater discourse. Just know, when you do that, sometimes other people are reading it too. And sometimes, your words are going to make you look like a putz.
There’s more in the show than just this. We mention Angel Pagan’s night and talk a bit about Floyd Landis where I somehow pontificate about Hitler getting voted into a World War II Hall of Fame and compare that to Pete Rose. I think it works, if you listen.
I need a nap. Thanks for listening, as always.