August 25, 2010
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It has been a week since my last twitter post.
Here's stories that's been scrolling on my twitter page:
I agree with Sherman.
With all that's happening with the Mets (K-Rod legal troubles and season-ending injury, Johan Santana not being Johan Santana or its dismal offense—ranked 13th out of 16 NL teams in runs scored and 14th in batting average) they need to rejuvenate the organization.
A year after opening up a beautiful $800 million stadium, the Mets have the biggest drop in attendance of any MLB club. That's nuts.
The only good business move to make is to let the young guys play because two things can happen.
First, fans will now have something new to watch and become attached to—regardless if the future is talented or not.
If out of the gate the Mets win a couple games, with its younger players, fans could possibly get reenergized about next year.
The faster you can build anticipation, the better.
The Astros did this about a month ago when Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman were traded within days of each other.
The Astros' young guys are 12-10 since July 30, which includes series wins over the St. Louis Cardinals and possibly the Philadelphia Phillies—the Astros just took the first two games of a four-game series—and Houston fans are pumped about the franchise's future.
Are Mets fans? I doubt it.
Second, an organization finds out if their future players can play, even if it's a short tryout stint through September.
Just think if outfielder Fernando Martinez or infielder Ruben Tejada catches fire in the next 37 games—let's say hits .300 with a couple bombs and makes a few flashy defensive plays.
Diehard Mets fans might wanna catch a game at the end of the season and might get juiced about spring training in February-March. The keyword is might. However, might is better than no way, which is where the Mets are now.
Taking the bad for the good, the best thing to happen, this season, for Mets was Carlos Beltran going down to injury and not resigning Carlos Delgado.
Because in their absences Angel Pagan, 28, and Ike Davis, 23, proved they can play—maybe not at an All-Star level but at least they showed something other than being old and overpaid.
It's all about frame of mind when you're on the business side of sports. That's why marketing people get paid so well.
Take my Buffalo Bills as an example.
Even after 10 years of missing the playoffs, the Bills organization finds a new way to spin the mindset of its fans so they show up, again—some will argue that Bills fans show up because they are not very intelligent, and that's fair, but that's not the point.
Currently, the mindset of Mets' fans is, "we suck."
If the younger guys play the mindset changes to, "We suck, but I'll give these new guys a chance because they could get better."
- Bob Glauber, an NFL columnist for Newsday, retweeted this Darrelle Revis recap by ProFootballTalk.com's founder Mike Florio.
I am scared about sports-news journalism and where it's going in the twitter-facebook generation.
I like Tim Cowlishaw; however, it's not journalism when you tweet an opinion or prediction and don't cite your sources.
I can do that! However, this is where things are headed in the twitter-facebook world.
As long as someone has followers, all they need to do is tweet a "breaking story" or "prediction" that people can read, then momentum builds and the story or prediction becomes truth without any documented facts.
The same thing happened during the LeBron James' free agency hoopla.
ESPN's Chris Broussard kept viewers on the edge of their seats by spilling non-referenced information about LBJ's destination.
In the end, Broussard and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Steven A. Smith, who announced LBJ was going to Miami way before Broussard did, deserve all the credit because their predictions were correct.
However, after everything was over, both reporters admitted they never wanted to go through that again.
Why? It's because THEY became the resources and a part of the story.
If they were wrong, they'd be held responsible as a reporter and a whistle blower.
A paper trail, which included names of their sources, would have eased the pressure off Broussard and Smith because they'd be journalists reporting what their sources said and not the puppet of the puppet master.
I do understand that sometimes sources want to remain nameless for safety purposes. However, sports journalists aren't covering Watergate or the Iraq War; and their sources aren't Deep Throat or five-star generals.
So, why do sports sources think they're bigger stars than they really are?If you don't want to be caught spilling the beans. DON'T TALK! It's that simple.
- I'm sure this story broke before Sal Capaccio retweeted it but I love what Chan Gailey did at the end of Bills' training camp.
Enjoy your day, all.
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