Bad Obsession


Murray Chass, long having beaten the horse to death, takes a breather … so he can flog it some more. (It turns out Seth Mnookin beat me to the punch, likely because, as he admits, his obsession with Chass might be the only thing unhealthier than Chass’ obsession with the Red Sox).

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  • Chass should be summarily retired. We’ve been on his case for shoddy, deceptive reporting ( and outright ethical lapses ( for some time

    YF January 9, 2007, 11:40 pm
  • Paul, I love the photo.

    Nick-YF January 10, 2007, 12:09 am
  • to put another spin on the chass-bashing, while he doesn’t have the facts straight, and his latest attempt to cover his own butt is lame, and the awkward mating dance between drew, boras, and theo was probably not covert, so covert that someone had to wake the dodgers up to it, the sox lust for drew, and lugo for that matter, was hardly a secret…does anyone think for a minute that boras wasn’t in tune to such “off the record” interest from other team[s]?…that would be naive…it’s hardly tampering in the strict sense of the word, but is more in line with a team whispering/hinting that they’d be interested in arod should he “opt out” of ny at some point…for the sake of argument, if boras did tamper [and i don’t believe he did], the joke’s on him, isn’t it…

    dc January 10, 2007, 12:17 am
  • I think it amounts to tampering only so far as you intimate, dc — that the Sox have made no secret OVER THE YEARS of their interest in Drew. And though it appears no team was willing to offer as much as the Sox, could Drew have gotten more than 3/$33M from another team this offseason? Absolutely. No tampering needed to figure that out.
    Nick, It is a great photo. The Sheboygan (Wisc.) Press discovered the photo in their archives and has been running it recently in hopes of getting an idea of what happened. Apparently, in Sheboygan in the 1870s, if your horse died you had to stay with it until someone came to dispose of it. Hilarious. I have to say I laugh every single time I see it.

    Paul SF January 10, 2007, 12:28 am
  • …if boras “advised” drew that he could do better on the open market, you wonder how he could have made such a gross error in estimating what the market would really be for the player…the resulting lack of interest in general by other teams to compete with the sox for his services, and the fairly open criticism of his attitude, ability to play with pain, and the sentiments of some of his former teammates seem too obvious to have been missed by someone as shrewd as boras…the sox seemed to be the only team interested in drew at any price [other than the dodgers, i suppose]…it’s all just a bit curious, that’s all…
    …but, like i said, it isn’t tampering in any sense of the word [there are simply no facts to support the claim of tampering], just like the whispers that tried to create some sinister link of the drew and dm deals seem so far-fetched even after the dm signing and the subsequent drew physical…no, it’s just curious…it’s all just a dead horse named “curious”…

    dc January 10, 2007, 1:22 am
  • Chass really puts the ass in Chass.
    If he wants to investigate some real tampering, I suggest he start with the dubious YFSF contests.

    LocklandSF January 10, 2007, 10:00 am
  • Ha! Our Haiku contest was as transparent an election as you’re likely to see in this fair nation, and a far, FAR more reasonable in its result than anything run by the BBWAA!

    YF January 10, 2007, 10:14 am
  • “Chass really puts the ass in Chass”
    Good One!
    And completely true.

    Andrews January 10, 2007, 10:36 am
  • curious, that’s all

    dc January 10, 2007, 9:08 pm

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