Woah

Ok, so I'm a journalist at heart, even if my paycheck no longer comes from a news organization. As such, I almost always read the bylines. But sometimes I get lazy, especially if I already know who the likely writer is for a given beat. 

So I was a little surprised to see this lede in the Boston Globe's Extra Bases blog today:


Here we are at Logan Airport waiting for a flight to Orange County. Unfortunately it is via Minneapolis as that greatly increases the odds of running into a liquored-up Miguel Cabrera.

Thought that was a little strange for Amalie or Adam to write. It always pays to read the byline. Welcome to Red Sox Nation, Pete Abe. For better or worse, I suspect it will be an interesting and entertaining ride.

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  • I like Pete, but I completely understand why he rubs people the wrong way. I am not a journalist, so I can’t defend anything he does because I don’t know what’s right and wrong in your field. Common sense tells me though that he crosses the line sometimes with his comments and jokes. All those things aside, he was the best Yankee reporter (web wise) for up to the minute info and details. If you are looking for information, he’s your man. I am sure Red Sox fans will grow to appreciate him the same way Yankee fans have.

    John - YF October 6, 2009, 1:21 pm
  • “I am sure Red Sox fans will grow to appreciate him the same way Yankee fans have.”
    That ignores the large number of yankee fans that did not appreciate pete abe.
    But anyone that’s followed pete shouldn’t be surprised. Class isn’t part of the package.
    But hey, I’m all for having fun. Maybe I’ll go hang out at closest cali 2.99 all you can eat buffet and hope to run into pete. Get it? Because the man’s a big tub of goo?
    Journalism!

    dave October 6, 2009, 1:42 pm
  • Yes there are fans that didn’t like him. We all know about NoMaas and how they feel. His up to the minute info is second to none in the web in re: to the Yankees. That’s what I’m referring too.

    John -YF October 6, 2009, 1:55 pm
  • Here’s the problem:
    For the most part, sports reporters long gave up acting like journalists and often use journalism as a cloak when it suits them and ignore it otherwise. Then again, those who study the history of sports journalism would tell me that it’s only recently that those who cover sports have tried to cover it as if they were covering any other news beat.
    I was a City Hall reporter for three years. Would I have gotten away with writing a blog the way Pete Abe wrote his Yankees blog? Heck, no. I would never have thought of taking what is basically cynical newsroom humor and incorporating it into otherwise straightforward news reports of that day’s events on the city beat. And no other news journalist worth their salary would either.
    Likewise, I think most news-side reporters would feel extremely uncomfortable with the closeness and camaraderie sports beat writers have with their sources. When the line is further blurred by those same reporters then writing columns opining about those same sources, it’s pretty appalling, if we thought of this on a local city- or police-beat level.
    Unfortunately, newspapers being what they are today, a lot of this leaking into the news side, as well, as the pressures increase to sell the brand and cross promote. So we more and more often see political reporters giving commentary on cable news shows like Shaughnessy and Ryan and Mariotti and others do on the sports side. It’s bad for journalism, and it’s bad for those who rely on journalism to do its job well.
    Essentially, what we are seeing today is when sports-style journalism becomes the norm across all types of reporting: the rise and dominance of 24-hour screaming interrupted by whatever “news” will increase ratings the most, the fragmentation and politicization of those networks, and the further marginalization of those who seek to report both sides and provide a nuanced, contextualized view of the world.
    /soapbox

    Paul SF October 6, 2009, 2:21 pm
  • **Essentially, what we are seeing today is when sports-style journalism becomes the norm across all types of reporting**
    not a surprise that the worst culprit is fox, given its association with sports.
    BINGO.

    YF October 6, 2009, 2:45 pm
  • what Paul said. I suppose the line between – journalist/reporter/op ed/columnist/ego hound has all blurred.
    on this topic, I’d check in with LoHud to see what was up with the Yanks periodically because he did an excellent daily summary (like Gammons started long ago with the weekly notebook). But found that he played to his audience a bit – putting down the sox players (keebler, elf, etc), the fans (referenceing drunk red sox fans, like they only drink bottled water in the Bronx), and players he didn’t like (A-Rod comes to mind).
    Seems like his writing (typing?) is a combo of reporting/op-ed/plus a little try at humor column.

    dw (sf) October 6, 2009, 2:53 pm
  • Everyone has their own way of making people talk about them, I guess. This is nothing new from Pete, who constantly draws the ire of people because of snide little cut-downs and insults.
    In his defense, it does, in fact, increase the odds of running into a liquored-up Miguel Cabrera if you’re in Minny today.
    hahah.
    Lighten up folks, it’s nearly go time on baseball that means something.

    Brad October 6, 2009, 3:39 pm
  • “But found that he played to his audience a bit – putting down the sox players (keebler, elf, etc), the fans (referenceing drunk red sox fans, like they only drink bottled water in the Bronx), and players he didn’t like (A-Rod comes to mind)”
    Pete Abraham just loves his liquor and alcolhol references.
    As a Yankee reporter, he definitely would frequently refer to SFs as “drunken Red Sox fans.”
    Stay classy, Pete.

    SoxFan October 6, 2009, 9:15 pm
  • HA – I guess to prove my point (thanks Pete), his most recent addition to Extra Bases is a piece on A-Rod’s unclutchness in the post season.
    who was it that said good players seek “their level”? I fear A-rod is going to have a monster post season.

    dw (sf) October 7, 2009, 2:13 pm

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