"Jack Abramoff gave to both Republicans and Democrats" – Katie Couric
"Certainly, the infield at Fenway is notoriously bad." – YF
What do these statements have in common? Well, they have both been casually bandied about in the mainstream media and the blogosphere. The other thing they share? They’re not true. YF threw out the charge about the Fenway infield in an earlier comment, but this article by the increasingly influential Rob Bradford spells out exactly what was done to the Boston diamond over the 2004 offseason. USGA grade sand, a laser-leveled surface, a new drainage system all were put in place to deal with the idiosyncracies of the previously rocky Fenway infield. Complaints were few and far between last year because of the massive improvements, particularly from Mr. Thumbs out at the shortstop position. According to the Sox’ head groundskeeper David Mellor, Renteria remained silent until after the season was over, either out of politeness or, perhaps, simple ennui. He must have preferred instead to speak with his glove. Not very well said, Edgar.