Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Why Bother?

For what it's worth, CBS Sportsline has their obligatory Jays season preview blurb up, as well as a companion 5 Things to Know About... thingy. Is it me, or are these always written with an annoyingly condescending subtext, like "Did you know they have a baseball team in Toronto? Toronto, Canada?!" The not so subtle tone has Senior Writer Scott Miller marvelling that these scrappy l'il worldbeaters actually think they can take on the Big Fellas. Isn't that cute?

Anyway, though the whole thing is generally disagreeable, there's one tasty bit I take exception with:

Though Toronto has some promising young players like McGowan, Marcum and second baseman Aaron Hill, Boston (Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz) and the Yankees (Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy) have better young players.

Oh, really?


t.u.g. said...

It makes me sick and it doesn't just stop at sports either. They are always commenting on our way of life in a condescending manner.

I think the Jays are going to shut them up this year though.

Joanna said...

What exactly is it about Phil Hughes that excites sports writers that doesn't excite them about McGowan?

If either New York or Boston had an arm like that, they would pee their pants over him.

And I still consider Rios a young player (he and Marcum are the same age), and I would take him over Ellsbury any day. So in conclusion, CBS Sportsline can kiss it.

/a said...

Exactly! Thank you!