I used to like Dan Shaughnessy. Growing up, he was among those baseball columnists who wrote well and generally wrote what I felt about the team. It helped that he mostly stuck to opinions. Since then, something happened to change him into a bitter, angry and — worst of all — blatantly unfair writer who sank perhaps to his lowest point when, according to Feeding the Monster, he was told by Sox ownership that a column he was about to print regarding Theo Epstein’s hiatus from the Sox was untrue and replied that he would print it anyway. He and Murray Chass have long grappled for the title of Worst Baseball Columnist.
Give the Curly Haired Boyfriend credit. I don’t know that Chass would ever have printed this:
"I think there’s things that you write that are absolutely and totally unequivocally uncalled for. I think you take personal vendettas to the paper. I think you rip people in the paper because you don’t like them whether they’re good people or not. As an athlete, that bothers me, but as a teammate of these people, it bothers me even more . . . I certainly came in with a little bias, but I don’t think that given what’s happened that it’s unmerited."
In an interesting, presumably verbatim interview with Curt Schilling, the two get into it a little bit. For once, it’s all the things I used to like about Shaughnessy — informative, entertaining and fair, both to Schilling and to himself.