It appears the Media was just as fat and lazy as the players were. (SawxBlog Illustration)
"...sportswriters are a kind of rude brainless subculture of fascist drunks whose only real function is to publicize & sell whatever the sports editor sends them out to cover...." -Hunter S. Thompson, Epitaph for Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail - 1972
There's a new game in Red Sox Nation, and I'm sure the wizards over at NESN are already producing a pilot on it. It'll be hosted by some clown with an over the top fake Boston accent and called "The Blame Game". The format will be loosely based around a classic debate structure, and the contestants will pontificate on a myriad of choices for why the 2011 Boston Red Sox Collapsed. If I were lucky enough to be selected I'd go for the unique view of blaming the media.
As I previously stated, there isn't one reason for this collapse, and it's becoming quiet clear that there are multiple layers of fault to spread around from the ownership to the players. The reason I fault the media most, and specifically the Boston media, is because they didn't report on this until the Manager was gone and the season over. For all the reputation the Boston Media has for being "tough" it's looking like they were just as fat, lazy, and comfortable as the players themselves. They're the only people who have daily access to the clubhouse and the players, and they're lack of actual journalism is disgusting. How are these revelations about pitchers drinking beer during games and Tito having problems with players just coming out now? Are the beat writers too worried about protecting their own asses and not ruffling any feathers that they decided to not do their jobs in order to keep them? I mean, for Christ's Sake, there were four starting pitcher's in a God awful country music video called "I Like Beer" before the season started, I mean, really?
Of course now that they have no acting Manager to upset more stories will be coming out about the Red Sox dysfunction - but I ask, where in the hell were these stories one, two, three months ago? Don't you think if one of these beats did their job and made this public knowledge something maybe could have been done to prevent the collapse? Isn't it the media's responsibility to report on the truth, and not on spin? I can't stress enough how the fault of the Red Sox collapse needs to be spread around to all, but it's an abomination on how the Red Sox media behaved while the ship was sinking. They're no more reporters than they are Public Relations Interns for the Red Sox and they're just as disgusting as the millionaire athletes they cover. This is the same thing that happened during the steroid era, nobody wanted to lose any exclusives or rock the boat so the real story was never written until it was safe to come out of the shadows and feed on the garbage like rats. And Boston Meida, you are all rats for your silence, and nobody likes a rat.