If Gordon Edes or Tony Massarotti (or Rob Bradford or Amalie Benjamin) in an in-game blog criticized Yankee fans for granting a curtain call on, say an Alex Rodriguez first-inning home run, would it be within their bounds as professional journalists to call those fans a "pack of drunks"?
That question in mind, here’s what Peter Abraham had to say about the Red Sox’ fans decision to give Josh Beckett, who retired
15 of 17 14 of 15 Yankees at one point in his effective start, a standing O as he left the field. In a post entitled, "Low Standards at Fenway Park":
Josh Beckett allowed four earned runs on nine hits in 6.2 innings and got a standing ovation from the
pack of drunksfans here when he came off the field.
What would they have done if he had pitched well?
Not only is this truly a case of the pot calling the kettle black — no one gives out curtain calls more frivolously than the Yankee Stadium crowds — but isn’t a professional journalist, one who is supposed to be fair (if not impartial), supposed to avoid the generalizations, stereotypes and name-calling engaged in on the lowest levels of this rivalry — even as a joke?