Friday, December 11, 2009

Hot Stove Unicorns

These are exciting times around Philly land with all of this Roy Halladay talk. Very fun. But something about these rumors isn't sitting well with me and since I have this forum to vent, I shall.

Recent posts from various blogs (including this one) have included teasers that mention the inclusion of Cole Hamels in a possible trade. That bit of info comes from an article in the NY Daily News by Mark Feinsand. He wrote this in his column:
According to one source: “Don't rule out them including Cole Hamels.”
That's it. Basically, some guy who obviously isn’t in any way connected with the Phillies because he calls them “them,” tells some other guy about a trade possibility that he completely fabricated. The other guy happens to be a sportswriter so he writes about this imaginary trade scenario in his column. He calls the guy a “source,” thereby successfully making one random person’s random opinion appears to be “insider information.”

I’ve finally learned the difference between a blogger and a “legitimate” sports writer. The blogger creates or propagates baseless rumors so people will read. The “legitimate” sports writer creates or propagates baseless rumors so people will read, but attributes the opinions to “sources” so they appear to be, well, legitimate. Brilliant!

In other hot stove news:
According to a source, “the Yankees could trade Sabathia to the Phils.” One source tells me that Cliff Lee “is interested in being the next football coach at Notre Dame.” Another source indicates that “Carlos Ruiz may have visa issues and could be stuck in Panama for the start of the season.”

If anyone has any "sources" please let us know because we would love to report some breaking Hot Stove news on this site. Thanks.


Reverend Paul Revere said...

I have a source that says New York writers are hacks.

harbesjb said...

I wouldn't be suprised if "they" traded "him" based on what I overheard in the bathroom in Indy. Of course it would all depend on what "they" are guarenteed to do with his skill set.

Bob D said...

any truth to Adam Eaton and Abe Nunez getting a spring training invite from the Phils?

Preserve Jon said...

A source reports that Dallas Green has the inside track to replace Charlie Manuel, should the Phils start slowly this year.

GM-Carson said...

The only people I believe, and even that is a strong word, is Todd Zolecki and Jayson Stark. Ken Rosenthal and Buster Olney are pretty good too, but they're a bit of sensationlists always looking for any tip.

mike the mac guy said...

I have "insider information" that the 3 way trade of Milton Bradley / Pat Burrell / Louis Castillo is not dead. "One source" reports that in their hot pursuit of Burrell, don't rule out the Mets including Johan Santana.

SirAlden said...

A source reports that Tiger Woods is "Taking and Indefinite Leave of Absence from Golf" to be a ball girl for the Phillies.

Phillies Ballgirls Rejoice!

Epic Slumber Parties!! Yeah!!!

Bob D said...

Sir Alden, that was Tigger from Winnie the Pooh and not Tiger from golf.

Matty said...

This makes perfect sense. The media is like water. They follow the path of least resistance. Instead of doing some actual work to verify the information which would take time and effort, they jump onto their keyboards to be the first to report the story. This is one of the many reasons I have little respect for "them".