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Boston Globe: Fire Dan Shaugnessy


It’s not often that I write about the Boston Red Sox, but this story is too crazy to be let alone…

Loudmouth Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling started his own blog (powered by WordPress!). NB: I do not generally agree with Schilling’s non-baseball opinions, but he has proved to be a very smart thinker in baseball, very dedicated to charities (especially medical research foundations), and generally reasonable. It’s also interesting to note that he is a self-described geek – he started his own videogame company that he wants to compete with the big boys.

Among the things diehard fans of the Red Sox know about Schilling is the fact that he doesn’t like Dan Shaugnessy, a columnist for the Boston Globe Sports section. Which is fine, because we don’t either. check out the Sons of Sam Horn message board to see what the fans say about him (NB: he is typically noted as CHB in the forums).

Schilling has been clear about his dislike for Shaugnessy, and now Shaugnessy has returned the favor with an attack piece worthy of Dick Cheney or Fox News. This is apparently a parody piece.

I have never called for Shaugnessy’s dismissal because he littered supposedly-factual pieces with opinion and personal spin. But today I do, because his piece was simply self-serving anti-Schilling drivel. Simply put, it was a pedestal from which CHB could opine that Schilling was arrogant and that he didn’t like the pitcher. Not only was it short on content, it completely lacked any useful information of sports news. Worse still, CHB never actually noted that his piece was parody, nor did he contextualize in terms of his ongoing (and on-growing) conflict with Schilling. This is not only bad form, and it’s not only bad journalism, it’s irresponsible journalism.

And that’s not the worst part of all: precious inches of a newspaper could have been better served discussing important issues like the war, the erosion of our civil liberties, global warming, the death of the Pakistani cricket coach and, heck, even news about ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandals in sports. Instead, the Boston Globe forced upon readers a personal attack from someone who happened to have a pulpit.

Schilling responded, punnily enough, curtly

The only response I have to the Curly Haired Boyfriend is this.

“First they ignore you, then they mock you, then they fight you, then you win”

Putting his inherent ‘toolness’ on display for all the world to see did far more than I could ever hope to do by trying to explain what a dope he is.

Boston Globe editors (and the NY Times owners): Putting up with a poor-but-entertaining journalist is one thing, but when that person takes a personal fight and uses your space as his soapbox to complain that he doesn’t personally like someone, it only makes the paper look bad. The fact that this is a long-time columnist doesn’t help. Shaugnessy is a waste of your money. I implore you, fire Dan Shaugnessy, and hire a thoughtful commentator on sports, like Lawrence Eagle-Tribune columnist Rob Bradford.

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Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Culture, Politics

One Response

  1. firedannyainge says:

    You can’t fire him because you don’t like his opinion. If I could the Globe and Herald would no no sports reporters. staring with Bob Ryan.

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