Deep Thoughts

Peter Gammons’ Insider column (subscription required) this week should be retitled the "Insaner". Gammons, an all-time fave, is (sadly) getting harder and harder to read, throwing out layers of names, numbers, and supposedly deep insiderish stuff that is beginning to read more like an US Magazine recap of where Lindsay Lohan shops than a column from a man with an unquestionably deep knowledge of the game and it’s workings.  Here are some choice nuggets, paraphrasing and/or quoting:

  • The Jays "beat everyone to the punch" by signing Ryan to a 5 year deal.  No shit, Peter, they offered him a FIVE YEAR CONTRACT.
  • The Scott Eyre contract (3 years, 11.5M) is "staggering".  Compared to what, Peter, the Ryan deal?
  • The big gamble for the Sox in the Beckett deal is that "all three [i.e. Beckett, Lowell, Mota] break down".  Thanks, Sherlock. Way to not rest on those Hall of Fame laurels with that reporting.

Sometimes I think this blog does a better job, and we have zero access to anyone in baseball.  Maybe that’s a good thing. 

7 comments… add one
  • dude, you missed where he says we should trade matt clement for derek lowe.

    beth November 29, 2005, 5:29 am
  • He has been going downhill for a while now, IMO. Anytime any team trades anyone theres potential for injury which would derail the trade.
    Gammons reminds me of my dad when he used to coach my brother’s soccer team. He wouldn’t play my brother much even though my brother was good because my dad didn’t want people to think that he was playing favorites. Gammons does a version of that with the Red Sox all the time. Everytime the Sox do something Gammons has to chime in with “Hey everyone! It might not work out!” Peter, I speak for everyone everywhere when I say: DUH!

    mattymatty November 29, 2005, 11:02 am
  • Gammons whores himself out to his sources, dutifully running back to Bristol and reporting any and all rumors that are fed to him. The fact that he reports this chatter at such an early stage, and that the deals rarely come to fruition, undermines his so-called HOF credentials.

    knuckles November 29, 2005, 11:07 am
  • There is no reason that Derek Jeter should be the shortstop of the New York Yankees. One reason he has won the past two Gold Gloves is because the best shortstop in baseball is playing third base, and also should be the shortstop of the BoSox. If Jeter really is the captain that people see him as-he should offer to move positions. To me, while he is definitely a proven clutch hitter, he should do show what a great team player he is by moving to the outfield. Right now he does this by cheering his team mates on from the top row of the dug out-conspicuously in full view of every camera (would he do this cheering from the top step, if he was on the KC Royals and there were no TV cameras, or runs scored?)

    natrone November 29, 2005, 3:15 pm
  • “Sometimes I think this blog does a better job, and we have zero access to anyone in baseball. Maybe that’s a good thing.”
    You hit the nail right on the head. Not having access means you are not susceptible to leaks and other forms of propaganda and disinformation that publicists want to peddle these days. Stay away from the spin zone.

    lp November 29, 2005, 4:04 pm
  • Amen to that.

    Bill O'Reilly November 29, 2005, 4:21 pm
  • Natrone, I’d have to say yes, he would.
    And I hate the guy. I think he’s an arrogant prick. On the field, that is. Off the field, I don’t know and I don’t care.
    But some things you can’t fake. Day after day, year after year, if you’re not honestly & truly into the act, there’s no way you keep it up just for show.

    Sam November 29, 2005, 8:23 pm

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