Deep Throat is…Luis Sojo?

Well, it looks like the "White Sox voted to forfeit a game to the Red Sox" story has it’s roots in…someone’s imagination.  That it emanated from a New York tabloid shouldn’t surprise us, and it makes us wonder, just a tiny bit, if someone in the Yankees’ clubhouse or front office had anything to do with it, in an attempt to cheapen both the White Sox’ and Red Sox’ efforts.  It might also explain some of the animosity exhibited between the Chisox and the Bombers this weekend. 

It wouldn’t be surprising if this story came from the Bronx; the Yankees have a track record of spreading false items, and of fraternizing (illegally) with those who love "dirty tricks" (hello, Big Stein!).  And we all remember where the fiction about Theo Epstein trashing a hotel room when he lost out on Jose Contreras came from: the Yankees’ front office.  Someone should ‘fess up here.

10 comments… add one

  • Wow, SF. Starting the morning off with a bang. I like it.

    brad-sf August 24, 2005, 7:52 am
  • Umm, given that this story broke on Monday, I would have to think that the Chisox are subscribers to the ‘Early Edition’ for this to have been a contributor to the weekend’s friction between them and the Yanks.
    Nice timeline, fellas. Weak, as usual.

    Knuckles August 24, 2005, 9:04 am
  • It was first in print on Monday, after the weekend’s shenanigans, so Knuckles is right. But that doesn’t tear down the theory. In fact, it might make my (reasonably harebrained) idea more likely. The sources are completely unidentified and it seems rather clear that no vote really transpired. So, Knuckles is right that it may not have been a contributor to the friction, but it still may have come from the Yankees because of the antagonism of the weekend – it’s clearly a fabrication pushed to make the Chisox look bad (and by extension, the Red Sox). Given the weekend’s events, it would lead us to a certain team as the source. Occam’s Razor, again.

    SF August 24, 2005, 9:27 am
  • SF’s increasingly frequent (not to mention dubious) reliance on Occam’s Razor seems misguided here. If there’s any party that benefitted, clearly it was the newspaper, which got a “scoop.” But his paranoia is, well, interesting. In any case, it was likely a case of misunderstanding on the part of a reporter/ballplayer who heard that the Sox had in fact met to discuss what to do about the make-up game, and somehow in that mix the “forfeit” entered the mix, erroneously–at least according to the Sox. Certainly they were itching for a fight with the Yanks; who knows what a hot-head like Pierzinski might have said off the cuff as a joke, only to have it taken seriously.
    In any case, SF seems happy to make accusations with absolutely no recourse to facts. Which seems to be his problem with the Yankees here. Pot calling the kettle black? You be the judge.

    YF August 24, 2005, 11:46 am
  • I acknowledge my idea is “harebrained”. I saw nothing like that kind of self-awareness in the Daily News. Lighten up, YF.

    SF August 24, 2005, 11:57 am
  • Yes and the Yanks were also involved in the Area 51 coverup and I think had something to do with JFK. Give me a break.

    TR August 24, 2005, 2:55 pm
  • Now now everyone, this is not something SF’s and YF’s should be arguing about. Instead, this topic should be one in which SF’s and YF’s come together and find common ground: a shared intense dislike for the Chicago White Sox. No matter what each of us thinks about the other team, can’t we agree that we’d all really like to see that one team fail? Their manager may be one of the biggest jerks in baseball, the team itself is horribly overrated, and all the media fawning over their brand of “smartball” just makes it worse.
    Instead of pointing fingers at who started this rumor, or accusing each other of being paranoid, we should all sit back and laugh at Ozzie Guillen for having to be on the defensive for a change.

    Earl August 24, 2005, 6:04 pm
  • On this one thing, I agree with Earl.

    mattymatty August 24, 2005, 7:42 pm
  • I agree with Earl as well. But mattymatty, Earl is a Sox fan. You’ve undoubtedly agreed with him in the past. No?

    Nick August 24, 2005, 10:51 pm
  • I’ll bet the evil Rove had something to do with it…

    Rotorhead August 25, 2005, 12:59 pm

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