|easily deceived or cheated.|
For those of you unfortunate enough to have known Herr Yellon a few years back you might recall Al’s unwavering support of the Tribune company line in all matters Cub. This was especially true when it came to Mark Prior and the never ending string of lies that MacPhail and his cronies were intent on feeding the average fan. The favorite modes of deception were the team mouthpiece Tribune newspaper and through quasi-corporate schills like Mr. Yellon. Al has long crowed about his “inside sources” and seems to genuinely believe that somebody at Trib Co gives a fuck about him and his blog. He has never questioned the information provided to him and therefore has long been a sounding board for the company line the Tribune wanted to broadcast to the masses. Back in the spring of 06 the company line they desperatley wanted to sell was that Mark Prior was behind on his pitching schedule again but not because of any arm injury. Rather it was because he had suffered from the flu in January and had never really recovered. Keep in mind this was going down in March and 99% of us have had the flu. It doesn’t take 2 months to get over the flu yet the team really thought that instead of acknowledging what was being widely reported which was that Prior had problems in his shoulder they would issue this laughable excuse and attack Will Carroll and wish it all away. Eager to show his corporate masters that he was a loyal solider Al decided to attack Will Carroll’s(accurate) report in this post my favorite line was this
“So what? There is absolutely no evidence that he has any physical problems; doing the towel drill, which is a feature of Larry Rothschild’s regime, means absolutely nothing.”
A flu free Mark Prior went right out and had such a horrible spring he didn’t even make the major league team, was throwing his fastball in the mid 80’s and as we all know the inside of his shoulder looked like this
Fast forward to 2009 and the Cubs have another mega talented yet injury& flu prone starter in Rich Harden. This time the Cubs have been more open in admitting that Harden has a tear of some sort in his shoulder yet last week when Harden missed a scheduled start due to *you guessed it* illness the team admitted he might not be ready for opening day. And I thought groundhog day was over already. Predictably this is the headline post at BCB . Look familiar? It seems that Al is either unwilling to unable to look at this team critically and more than eager to accept whatever pablum Crane Kenney and Co throw at him. What could be his reward for failing to examine the team he blogs about for the sake of the thousands of readers of BCB? A Mike Fontenot interview or a sit down with Kenney himself. That’s the price Al set for his journalistic integrity and it speaks volumes about the man.
Now I’m off to make up some blue Kool-Aid and sent Harden a packet of Thera-Flu to heal that tear in his pitching shoulder. You Gotta Believe!