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A Response to Brett's Marmol Response...Why BN is Successful


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#16 TWC

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:04 AM

 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.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:15 AM

I forgot all about the Perez saga... see how quickly everything is forgotten.


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:18 AM

Can't wait until Mr. Puckerpants chimes in on this saga


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:59 AM

 

 how often agents or others use writers to get (perhaps false) stories out, apply pressure, move a negotiating line, float an idea, 'run something up the flagpole' without getting their own fingerprints on it.

 

I wonder, did the guy who errorneously broke the "CUBS SIGN ANIBAL SANCHEZ" story issue a written apology?



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:00 PM

 

 

 how often agents or others use writers to get (perhaps false) stories out, apply pressure, move a negotiating line, float an idea, 'run something up the flagpole' without getting their own fingerprints on it.

 

I wonder, did the guy who errorneously broke the "CUBS SIGN ANIBAL SANCHEZ" story issue a written apology?

 

 

Heh.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:00 PM

 

 

 how often agents or others use writers to get (perhaps false) stories out, apply pressure, move a negotiating line, float an idea, 'run something up the flagpole' without getting their own fingerprints on it.

 

I wonder, did the guy who errorneously broke the "CUBS SIGN ANIBAL SANCHEZ" story issue a written apology?

 

No, and neither did Carlos Marmol when he broke the Haren trade on his twitter account.  Pretty funny turn of events if you ask me. 



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 01:35 PM

Still appreciating your thoughts, by the way.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 05:10 PM

I agree with everything that has been posted. Brett, keep up the good work. You're too hard on yourself. Anyone who's whining about the article can get dicked in the dick.

A big hug to you too, Brett.
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Posted 16 May 2013 - 05:22 PM

I agree with everything that has been posted. Brett, keep up the good work. You're too hard on yourself. Anyone who's whining about the article can get dicked in the dick.

A big hug to you too, Brett.

 

Heh.  You said "hard on".



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 05:36 PM

I agree with everything that has been posted. Brett, keep up the good work. You're too hard on yourself. Anyone who's whining about the article can get dicked in the dick.
A big hug to you too, Brett.

 
Heh.  You said "hard on".

Heh. Heh heh hehehehehe. Hard on.
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Posted 16 May 2013 - 10:01 PM

Here is my random post for the month. Enjoy! :D

And yeah, yeah Brett is cool and such. ;) :P






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