Not Easy Bein’ a Callup (or a Newspaper)

A great story in the Globe today from the soon-to-be-departing Gordon Edes about Bryan Corey, who’s up-again, down-again season has been something of a trial for him and his family:

It can’t be as bad as the last time, when he had to explain to 4 1/2-year-old Brooke that she wouldn’t be coming to Fenway Park anymore to see Wally, or her friends that gathered nightly in the Sox family room.

It won’t be like the first time it happened with the Red Sox, either, when he’d just made arrangements to have his car shipped up to Boston from Texas and discovered he wouldn’t be here when it arrived.

The apartment in Braintree, the one he leased, gave up, then took back before his 30 days were up, at least it won’t be like last week, when he slept on the floor without a stick of furniture in the place.

And Christine? She’ll offer a comforting word – his wife always has – but he’s seen the light dim in eyes that once shined with excitement but now try to mask the disappointment.

Along with being a terrific look at the behind-the-scenes life of a player whose future is not secure (Corey’s no Ortiz or Ramirez, let alone a Casey or a Cora), this story is a reminder of how much the Globe’s sports section will lose when Edes bolts to Yahoo!, leaving Amelie Benjamin as the lone baseball writer worth reading at the broadsheet.

Benjamin and the Herald’s Rob Bradford will soon be the cream of the crop among Boston’s baseball writers, and the Herald — with Massarotti, Silverman and Buckley — will clearly have the edge over the Globe as a staff, especially with Jackie MacMullan taking the Globe’s buyout offer. Losing Edes and MacMullan is another big blow for a sports staff that used to be phenomenal, and today’s story on Bryan Corey is a poignant reminder of what the Globe will be losing.

3 comments… add one
  • Amalie Benjamin will always be the “cream of the crop” in everything. :)

    SoxFan April 30, 2008, 11:50 am
  • How’s the Globe’s farm system looking though? I thought they had a kid down there who could hit 98 WPM, with insight.
    Seriously, though, this is sad news. I don’t have ready access to the Globe anymore (the print version anyway), but I did consider it to have the most complete and well-rounded sports section I’d encountered. It was almost always a good read every day, and twice on Sunday. A paper like that will be able to find new talent to re-stock their pages, or the industry really is in trouble.

    FenSheaParkway April 30, 2008, 5:16 pm
  • I’m not even going to comment on the dying breed of good sportswriters at the Globe (and the Herald.)
    I’m too sad for Bryan Corey. That really sucks. Its not like he’s a horrible pitcher by any means. He could replace half the 5-ERA shit middle relievers in the league. I don’t get it :\

    Michael Christopher May 2, 2008, 8:21 pm

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