Sports media, on all fronts, has become a disgrace. You have heard me say this constantly. From blogging to newspapers to cable networks, it is no longer about facts or knowing right from wrong. It is not about holding players and management accountable. It has now become about getting the story at whatever the cost. It does not matter what the story is, just get one. This is the society we live in.
Name-calling and making players feel as if they are the biggest losers has become the new generation of sports media. It is sad. Once upon a time, you read headlines that gave you a taste of what happened in the game the night before or about trades that need to happen. It was about what trades were made and how it will impact the team. It was about accountability. They made you want to buy the paper.
These days, newspapers think these are the headlines that are okay to write:
It seems making someone’s weight the back page is okay because they feel it will sell papers. I am here to say it is never okay. Not unless you are willing to start a weight watchers group for overweight athletes. Is that what you are planning to do, Mr. Mike Puma? If not you, perhaps the editors over at the New York Post would like to start one. Apparently you and other members of the staff have an issue with pointing out how much a person weighs. I would hate to see what you would have to say about me. Perhaps I weigh too little in your eyes.
I’m sure you loved writing the story about how CC Sabathia lost his weight. The story of Derek Jeter and him “carrying another burden — some extra weight hanging from the Yankees shortstop’s normally fit frame” must have been another favorite. I wonder how many of the staffers got a laugh out of that one hanging around the cooler. While some fans of a rival baseball team got a few laughs, it was hardly something to laugh about. More so since it was about someone who takes his training very seriously. We all know how hard Jeter works. It was a blatant and unnecessary attack.
Sensationalism is a sad history with the New York Post. What once was a paper I only bought for the sports, I stopped purchasing it a very long time ago. It has now become a full blown rag that I refuse to support.
Puma has once again decided to make light of a player’s weight. After the success of Bartolo Colon’s last game two days ago against the St. Louis Cardinals which resulted in a win, this writer felt it was okay to make this comment in his article:
If the umpires searched Bartolo Colon’s neck for a foreign substance on Thursday, chances are they only would have found peanut butter.
The result? Everybody, including Mets players, are up in arms about it. All of a sudden, there is a problem. Well, Mr. Puma, need I remind you about glass houses?
Puma is known for being a little, shall we say, unlikeable? This put him over the top. At no point in time is it okay for a reporter to make light over a player’s weight. It is unprofessional. It should result in a suspension. The editor should serve the same time. After all, he or she is the one who proofreads everything and creates the headlines. Before you throw all of your wrath Puma’s way, you should be writing to the editor and ripping that individual a new one for allowing such nonsense to be put in print.
With that being said, to the New York Mets fan base I ask, what is the difference between that headline and some of the much worse things you have said on the Mets fan pages on Facebook on Twitter? You even tag the players in your tweets with your comments. If I have to remind Puma about glass houses, you need to be reminded yourselves.
Yes I understand that you are the fans and he is the professional. At the same time, what was done is no different than you screaming obscenities to players on the field. It is no different than name-calling from the stands. I am guilty of such acts as well. I’ve made fans around me laugh with some of the things I’ve screamed at players. You can ask anyone who has been to a game with me. I can be extremely vicious. I just would never print what I say. I’m crazy, not stupid.
Bottom line is this, bullying on any level is appalling and should never happen. At some point, each of you have been bullied. You know what it is like. All I am asking is that you hold the right people accountable.
Oh and not for nothing, I’m sure I can speak for Colon when I say he is not offended. He probably just laughed it off, but it is nice to see players standing up for their own.