“Sulking shortstop does not want Sox series ring,” by Steve Silva. February 25, 2005
Steve Silva does not write for the Boston Globe, but his fan site, BostonDirtDogs.com, is owned by Boston.com, the Globe’s online presence. When he posted this “scoop” — that Nomar Garciaparra, angry about being traded in the middle of the ’04 season, didn’t want the World Series ring he had earned — his purported source was a fan at Cubs spring training in Arizona who claimed the shortstop said, “I don’t want it. They can keep it.” As Bruce Allen at Boston Sports Media Watch later discovered, the single, unverified e-mail Silva used as his source was in fact a hoax, “done on purpose … to see what Silva would do with the information.” The item was later removed, and Nomar got his ring. But, as Allen writes, the questions remain. “Though the Boston Globe seems to want to distance themselves from BostonDirtDogs, the fact of the matter is that Steve Silva is a Boston.com employee, represents Boston.com, and should be held to the same standards as other reporters and columnists. Claiming that he’s ‘just a blogger’ just doesn’t cut it.”

“Yawkey Way: bring in best,” by Will McDonough. December 2, 2001
The late, legendary columnist is entitled to his opinion, of course. But this piece, in which McDonough exhorted John Harrington to sell the team to suitors Joe O’Donnell and Steve Karp “because their local roots and financial stability” were best for the team, was emblematic of a Boston media (and political) landscape that was heavily in favor of the hometown boys in the months leading up to the sale. Indeed, O’Donnell and Karp might have been fine stewards of the team and its legacy. But in the end, Mnookin reports, they weren’t inclined to pony up enough of their own fortunes to make the sale. Meanwhile, it’s fairly clear that the once-vilified Henry-Werner carpetbaggers have acquitted themselves quite admirably — what with a revivified Fenway park, three straight playoff appearances, and one World Series trophy. (And now the Globe owns part of the Sox, so everyone’s happy.)

Some Globe stories to look for in the future …
“Can you see me? I’m waving. Can you see me?”, “Cell phones and Sox tickets — A match made in Heaven,” and “401(K) or Red Sox collector Coins: Which investment is right for you?”

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