Still officially “off” today, but couldn’t help but post on this horrific misrepresentation in the Boston Globe today.

From the “and the media wonders why people hate them so much” category:

Dan Shaughnessy today:

After the Sox beat the Twins in Minneapolis yesterday, Schilling was asked his reaction to the Rocket's re entry into the Yankees clubhouse. Ever the blowhard, Schilling declared, "We don't need him" -- a comment of stupefying arrogance that is sure to come up a couple of million times between now and the end of the 2007 postseason.

What Shilling actually said (AP Story):

"It would have been nice to have him, but we didn't need him. We DON'T need him," Red Sox ace Curt Schilling said. "It's May, a long way to go, but I like the way this team is comprised right now. This team has incredible makeup, it's got great chemistry and I feel like we were a legitimate World Series contender without him, so it doesn't change my mind."

If there’s any “stupefying arrogance” going on here, it’s from Shaughnessy. This is exactly the kind of twisting of quotes and misrepresentation that the Boston sports fans have come to loath and despise from the knights of the keyboard. While admittedly most writers don’t stoop to this level, writers like Shaughnessy poison the readers against all their colleagues.