Circling of the wagons continues in the media from the Todd Jones article last week. Almost all shows on TV and Radio, as well as many writers have taken their shots at the article. While I don’t agree with all that Jones wrote in the article, I find the media defense amusing. Me thinks thou doth protest too much. Here’s their objections:
1) He hasn’t been here long enough, how does he know what’s going on here?
Granted, Jones has been here only a matter of weeks. But he’s been in the Majors since 1993 and this is his sixth season in the American League. That’s plenty of trips through Boston. He’s also I’m sure, played with a few guys who have spent time here in Boston, and has also heard stories from other players about what goes on here. His column was likely not based solely on his time here, but on the overall reputation that Boston has among major league players. Fair or unfair, a reputation is hard to live down. To try to shoot down Jones’ premise based on how long he has been a member of the Red Sox is mere circular reasoning.
2) “I’ve been in the locker room plenty of times, and I’ve never heard anyone ask a player ‘Did you mean to give up that home run?'”
Mike Giardi presented this argument to me on NECN Saturday night. This is one question that on second thought, I wish I had answered a bit better. Jones was using a little known literary tool known as hyperbole here. Of course no reporter would ask that exact question, but Jones was exaggerating to make a point. To harp on the wording of that sentence rather than the spirit behind it is just using a red herring. Diverting attention from the main issue onto a side issue.
3) Based on what Jones said in an earlier column on how he would feel about having a gay teammate, this disqualifies him from being able to talk with any authority on this particular topic.
Can you say “Ad hominem”?
4) Jones should concentrate more on his pitching than on his writing career.
Well, maybe you can score one for the media guys on this point…
As I said on NECN, it wasn’t really fair to paint all the media with this broad, negative brush. Jones doesn’t either, he acknowledges that the beat guys are good guys…they have to be, they’re in there everyday, and a few dumb questions, or mangled quotes and they’re going to find their job difficult. It’s a few that give the whole a bad name. This piece today isn’t meant to say whether Jones was correct or not, but to chronicle the defense that the media is giving, which I find amusing. They’re all saying the same things, and given the different people involved, it’s just a very interesting situation.