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The Mariners Hate The Fourth Estate, Free Speech, and Probably America

MLB: Mariners vs Orioles MAY 11

While I was checking out my fantasy teams on Yahoo Sports (and please remind me next year that two fantasy teams are fine, but three are entirely too many for me to handle), I ran across this little nugget, which made me both laugh heartily and gnash my teeth in abject rage.

Observe:

As if Mike Sweeney accusing a reporter of lying and challenging teammates to fight him didn't add enough drama to the ongoing Ken Griffey Jr. saga, after last night's game Cliff Lee refused to speak to the media until Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune left the room.

LaRue has covered the Mariners for 28 years and reported earlier this week that Griffey was sleeping in the clubhouse during a game, quoting unnamed players. According to LaRue several Mariners asked him to reveal the identity of his sources Tuesday and, when he refused like any reporter in his situation would, declined to speak to him.

What a bunch of arrogant jackasses. Especially you, Cliff Lee.

First of all, you're the Mariners. If the national media is paying attention to you for any reason, you should be thrilled. Before this, people had to talk about re: YOU was the fact that you signed a known headcase who is now on "emotional leave," or whatever euphemism your front office came up with for it.

Second of all, the fact that two of your players tipped off an experienced beat reporter that the biggest star on your team was sleeping in the clubhouse during a game and then weren't man enough to admit it doesn't make the story less true. In fact, I'm quite sure that Larry LaRue knew exactly what kind of juvenile nonsense would befall him for daring to tarnish the reputation of Griffey the Great, and was probably exceptionally careful to make sure the story was true before he published it.

Additionally, I  can't help but notice that your team is currently residing in last place. Perhaps you should focus on that, rather than a 28-year veteran reporter just trying to make a living. Sorry to break it to you, Mariners, but you're baseball players This isn't The Thin Blue Line, it's a baseball team, for crying out loud. I know it's easier to blame your problems on the media, but I'm pretty sure none of them contributed to you having the lowest number of hits in the AL. 

It amuses me to no end that baseball players get their noses so out of joint when something unfavorable is written about them. They're by far the most sensitive group of athletes out there. It's really too bad that none of them play soccer in Europe, where they'd have to put up with things like this, not to mention being daily fodder for the tabloids.

You get paid millions of dollars to play a child's game on a national stage. Having reporters in your clubhouse comes along with the territory. We can argue about whether your personal life is off limits, but what happens in the clubhouse is absolutely fair game. No one is obligated to write only nice things about your team.

In short, grow up and I hope you all get fined/finish the season in last place.

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plamorte said:

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you're on a roll the last two days Julie!

Doc said:

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Seattle is still a mess...this crap has been going on for 5 years now. They almost gutted the entire organization over the last 2 seasons and they still are a mess.

Pathetic.

plamorte said:

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But we can thank them for taking Milton and giving the Orca Ace Silva!

JulieDiCaro said:

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I have a lot of things to say these days.

plamorte said:

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maybe you should start a blog then! oh wait...

Aisle424 said:

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Or a podcast.

Aisle424 said:

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Or three.

Edelweiss said:

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It looks like Baker is feeling better, but he still looks like he is wearing an adult diaper. He sat in the dugout out of sight of the cameras, and stood whenever he could. Grabow didn't sit in the bullpen for very much of the game, like the other relievers did.

gravedigger said:

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Wait, what happened to him?

millertime said:

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please don't ask. Ever.

Edelweiss said:

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Time to move on. Did you find the picture of the cup-less slugger?

AndCounting said:

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With Milton Bradley on mental health leave, the Mariner clubhouse is in shambles. Bring the sunshine back, Uncle Milty! The city of Seattle is counting on you!!!!!

Doc said:

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Yep...that will work.

MillsChC said:

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Based on the majority of the Cubs' beat reporters' track records, I'm inclined to believe the players over another beat reporter (no matter how long he's had the beat job)

JulieDiCaro said:

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Not me.

Most reporters wouldn't print something like that about a player as popular as Griffey without confirmation. Not every paper is blurring the lines between beat writing and columns.

MillsChC said:

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Then I blame the Cubs' reporters for giving me the impression that all beat reporters will make up things when there's not much interesting to them to print.

By the way, this site can be educational. I had to look up what fourth estate meant... never heard that before.

gravedigger said:

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seriously? even i have and im a slobbering drunk...

MillsChC said:

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For some reason there's tons of stuff I find myself being oblivious too, although everyone else in the world has known about it for years.

itsjenjen said:

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And add the fact that Watamatsuwhatever was evasive in response to questions regarding Griffey Jr's whereabouts in that game. Obviously something was amidst!

MillsChC said:

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The clip MLB Tonight showed last night of him answering the question about whether Griffey was sleeping was the complete opposite of evasive. He pretty much was straightforward in saying that Junior was not sleeping.

gravedigger said:

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yeah, last night. but at first, he and griffey both danced around it.

Edelweiss said:

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Sleeping in the clubhouse is not the worst thing in the world, unless the guy was drunk or strung out. Last year, in Spring Training, one of the Cubs players fell asleep on the bus because the sun was bothering his eyes. He closed them, and the motion of the bus put him asleep. He was sitting next to the window, slumped (He is also not very big). When the players got off the bus, they didn't notice he was not with them. Later they noticed he hadn't put on his uniform or taken the field. They finally went back to the bus, and found him on the ground, sick to his stomach and dehydrated. He had been on the bus for 15 minutes in the hot sun, with no AC, since the motor was turned off. He staggered awake, and pulled the red emergency knob to escape. He had had a great Spring Training, but had hitting problems in the games following the incident. He was sober, and had drank nothing stronger than orange juice.

Teebob2000 said:

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Is THAT the reason for your Cool Kids fantasy fail you're going with?? *rolls eyes*

JulieDiCaro said:

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i don't even know what this means . . .

AndCounting said:

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Answer the question! Evasive!

gravedigger said:

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he's calling you out on your terrible performance, and asking if "too many leagues to juggle" is your excuse.

and he's rolling his eyes at the anticipated answer in the affirmative.

JulieDiCaro said:

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ooooh. I see.

I'm kicking butt in my other two leagues!

Kinda...

Teebob2000 said:

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Sorry, didn't mean to shoot over your head like that. With all of your recent insightful and socially-conscious posts, you obviously gotta lotta stuff on your mind, Miss Hemingway!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Yeah, I'm just not as into it this year as I have been in the past. I'm trying to pay more attention . . .

MillsChC said:

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DeRo says he has a flopping ligament again.

millertime said:

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I'm all for fourth estate, free speech, and America. But this is sports coverage. Covering players paid millions of dollars to play a child's game on a national stage" is slightly different to someone reporting on corporate/political scandal.

Don't get me wrong, I think Lee is acting very childish. I think it's dumb when celebrities and athletes complain about negative media people, and always whine about how everyone is out to get them. I just think that beat reporters also act very childish when they hide behind anonymous sources to break their stories. If you're going to go after a guy like they did, with the kind of ramifications and coverage they knew it would get, they should have to provide some more concrete proof.

JulieDiCaro said:

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If you couldn't tell, the headline was tongue-in-cheek. If you'll notice, I didn't bring up Free Speech once in the post. It's not like the goverment is trying to prevent someone from reporting something.

I just think the Mariners are acting like jerks.

Teebob2000 said:

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WE all caught it, CJ. Well done.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Re: "more concrete proof"

As my J-School Investigative Reporting teacher would have said, 2 first-hand sources is the rule when you're reporting something where people refuse to go on the record. Sounds like he had that. If we lived by the rule that you need more than that, most big news stories of the 20th Century wouldn't have been broken.

If I were a reporter, and two guys on the team told me something was true, I'd be okay printing it. It's not his fault those guys are too wussy to admit they're the ones who ratted Griffey out.

Perkins said:

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I could be jaded by the whole Milton Bradley thing last year, but I just see it as a player's standing up for his teammate. It's probably also a veiled shot at whomever said something to LaRue in the first place, letting the media know that the players won't stand for shit like that.

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plamorte said:

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only True Religion, Ed Hardy and Coogi jeans? Have any Hilfiger or Jnco's?

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they are talking about that movie on the radio, the one I refuse to watch the trailer for since you all seem scarred for life from it (btw, thanks for that, I appreciate you subjecting yourself to the horrors to save me)

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