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Fans, other media blame AJC for Griffey fiasco

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Steak Snabler, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Posted this on the Spring Training thread, but thought it deserved its own thread ...

    Braves fans and perhaps even other media outlets are starting to blame beat writer David O'Brien and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for Griffey getting away (though the source on the original "Griffey to Atlanta" story came from columnist Terence Moore).

    From O'Brien's blog:


    Here's the link to that mlb.com story, and the relevant passage:


    If Griffey really based his decision on the paper jumping the gun, then he's a bigger headcase than I thought ...
  2. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Oh, he is. Had lots of issues with the Cincy media. My grandma's Magnavox didn't have as big rabbit ears.
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    What's yer point?
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    That managers have to look out for their furloughed employe...oh wait, wrong thread.
  5. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    I love it when people think the media has that much power. If Ken Griffey had really wanted to play with the Braves, no amount of leaks on the story would have stopped it. It's a nice red herring to fling because the negotiations might not have gone completely his way.
  6. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Griffey didn't say anything about it -- the Braves did. Nonetheless, the AJC story had nothing to do with his decision, I'm sure. Terence Moore just had a source that wasn't as good or as connected as he thought and the AJC ended up looking stupid in the process.
  7. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Who cares? Atlanta's better off. He would be worthless to an NL team anyway. He needs to do nothing but DH five days a week against righthanders. The only reason ATL would want him is to use his name value to sell some extra tix. In that case, fans should be furious with the team for wanting to sucker them out of some extra money, because Griff would not help them win any ball games.
  8. Sneed

    Sneed Guest

    I'd be really surprised if a guy like Griffey would base his decision on a newspaper breaking a story. And I don't really blame the guy who reported it. If you hear from a reliable source a big name like Griffey is coming to your team, you want to break that.
  9. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    I think he got along pretty well with Hal McCoy, but that may have been because Hal was covering the Reds when Griffey Sr. was playing.
  10. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    Wow, so now we've gone from "You're costing my kid a scholarship" to "You're costing my team a Hall of Famer who's way past his prime."
  11. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Or because Hal is the living definition of the word professional.
  12. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

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