For about eight days now, I’ve managed to post audio clips of some interviews.
The idea behind this was to provide you with something you don’t normally get and get you inside the process a bit. Most people seem pretty pleased to get the full interviews instead of the 10-second bits you get on television or the radio.
What is disturbing me a bit are the posts where people say, “This proves the media is a bunch of dopes because they ask stupid questions.” Or words to that end.
Yes, there are some dopes who ask stupid questions. I suspect in whatever line of work you’re in, you have a few dopes.
But let me explain a little. When Torre or one of the star players speaks, there are quite often 15-20 media people there. Some are reporters and others are columnists.
Everybody has a different story or angle in mind. A reporter usually wants facts. But a columnist is writing his or her opinion and may press the subject a little. This isn’t the White House press room like you see on television.
Sportswriting is hard to define. You’re writing to inform and to entertain. Plus we’re talking about baseball here, not war and famine. It’s OK to push the envelope a bit.
Torre and the players aren’t likely to volunteer anything. So you poke around and ask seemingly stupid things to try and get to something bigger. It’s verbal sparring sometimes. Some guys (Torre, Mike Mussina, Johnny Damon) are great at it. Others not so much.
We go about it in different ways but all of us are trying to write something you want to read. It may be something that will make you laugh or make you think or inform you or even make you mad. But the hope is you’ll come back the next day.
So, listen to the audio with an open mind. We’re not a bunch of thugs trying to beat info out of the poor baseball player. It actually isn’t as painful as it sometimes sounds.