Yesterday was such a light news day that the Times sports editors have given over the lead column of their section to a batshit-crazy column from Murray Chass. Murray notes the Yankee charge over the past 10 days, and wonders what would happen if the Yanks eventually catch the Sox. The premise is solid, but Murray’s off the rails from the start. “Can you imagine the fireworks in the Red Sox’ front office, their dugout, their clubhouse, Fenway Park?” Can you? Are you ready for a new chant at the Stadium? Murray suggests “Nineteen-seventy-eight.” Not exactly euphonious (though we appreciate the sentiment.) Murray’s received enough letters over the past couple of months—nevermind blog entries and emails; he’s not reading those—to anticipate the backlash to this column, so in an attempt to forestall, we get this:
This seems to be a good point for a disclaimer. Lest anyone think I am rooting for the Yankees to win the division championship, be assured that I don’t care which team wins. The New York Times Company owns 17 percent of the Red Sox, but my continued employment by The Times does not depend on my allegiance to company products. Contrary to what any number of Red Sox fans think, I am not a Yankees fan either. I have never been a Yankees fan. As a reporter who covered the Yankees for more than 16 years, I could not have survived had I also been a fan.
No, what Murray’s rooting for is “a good story.” Which begs a question: When is he going to write one?