If you ask me, Brett has more integrity than all of the Cubs beat writers combined.
I agree with this, but Ace's job is much different than theirs, insofar as Ace's credibility is entirely a function of his own history and accessibility. The beat writers all have organizations standing behind and/or propping them up (Trib, mlb.com, ESPN, Sun-Times, etc.). All Ace has are his articles.
Which makes his presence on the scene, and as we saw yesterday, his impact on the scene, that much more remarkable. Even being "wrong" can lead to gaining credibility.
As I said on the front page I think the apology was unnecessary, but not surprising. Over the years that I've been visiting BN, I've seen Ace to be a very self-critical guy with a penchant to be more self-aware than is probably necessary. (Of course, it's not my website with my name on the line, so who am I to say what is or what isn't necessary?) I think at the very least it's a trait of his that while I might not applaud, I can certainly accept as part of his character -- as such, it's become a rather endearing foible from my point of view. (Honestly: no condescension intended.) We saw the same (over-)self-reflection with the Fernando Perez saga (lulz) and the "Matt Garza doesn't like my tweets!" episode(s). It's Ace. That's how he operates. Knowing that, and seeing him struggle with that, makes him both more human and more accessible to his readers. It'd be really easy to be cynical about that, and lob balloons full of "you're just a manipulating bullshitter!" in his direction, but that ain't Ace. Which is what makes BN cool.