I believe in being a student of good writing. Our local writers could learn some basic lessons on sports journalism from Mr. Keown. This article is balanced in perspective, meticulously sourced, and elegantly written. So often our local writers approach a deadline like Delmon Young attacks the strike zone. I like Jim, Joe, and Pat. Lavelle may be the best because his writing still reveals a love for the game. But they all could learn something more about working the whole count, a la Mauer, before just swinging at the first pitch. Sometimes they connect, but they are not elite writers. Keown is to writing what Mauer is to catching, fielding, hitting. You have to work at the craft. I would say that Keown exposed our local scribes' 2011 attacks on Mauer as being hasty and ill-timed. Now they look a little ridiculous for swinging at a pitch out of the strike zone.
Originally Posted by mnfireman
Danny B gave me my moniker, but he too has turned into a latter-day version of a Reusse Rant (by the way, has anyone else noticed how Patrick has softened over the years? He's getting back on his game). Barreiro needs to find the love of sports, once again, and turn back the page to his award-winning Strib days.
And you sir, should get kudos for a good post on this great article.
Originally Posted by Don't Feed the Greed Guy
Thanks for the link to this article. A great read. I met him once at spring training. He talked to everyone, old, young, handicapped. Patient, accomodating, polite...class act. I am so pleased that he has rebounded this season and silenced the many doubters. I wish him many more years of success!
For me, the Guitar Hero anecdote sums it all up. The guy is a Natural, probably at everything. He is the type that could "roll out of bed and hit .300." But, he doesn't do that. Clearly, he works his butt off to get even better than that. There is a reason why he leads the league in OBP and might win another batting title (would that really surprise anyone?). I think people get frustrated when "The Natural" scuffles, but no one is perfect. For me, Mauer is a having a Hall of Fame career and I love to watch him play. I can understand day to day frustration with Mauer, but not recognizing his greatness is just ignorance to me.
Also, there is a reason certain writers go "national" and others remain "local." Souhan would rather perfect his Rick Reilly-rip-off routine than actually learn something or write anything that is worth reading.