Home > Scary Red Sox Rants > Hey, don’t blame the media. Blame Baloo.

Hey, don’t blame the media. Blame Baloo.

Looks like Big Papi blames more than C.C. Sabathia for the rock that hit him in the leg.

“You guys like to criticize us when we (screw) up?” he said. “Criticize yourselves now.”

Now, Papi. You know I love you. I’m going to blame this rant on your pain, k, and breeze over your logic.

Because ESPN didn’t hit you with that pitch, Papi.

Baloo did.

And… the media, see… the media capitalizes on what the AUDIENCE wants. The rating points. People complain about the media (stepping on a larger soap box now) and its divine influence, but it’s not the media. If media could dictate desire, Paris Hilton’s new show would be a success.


The rivalry gets media focus because it gets fan focus.

That’s how the chicken and egg works. Chicken (you) then egg (media).

Like Charlie Sheen. No one WANTS to write about Charlie Sheen. I don’t WANT to write about Charlie Sheen. But you can visibly tell when the anchor says the word Charlie Sheen- because the ratings points go up. Before. Your. Very. Eyes.

And, since the media relies on commercial dollars, and commercial advertisers rely on media people watch, we print Charlie Sheen. We light up the screen with Charlie Sheen. Ratings go up. We make money.

Not because of Charlie Sheen.

Because of you, America.

Because of you.

The media does not throw pitches.

CC Sabathia throws pitches.

You dig?

And, while I’m on this soapbox, THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is reason number 4 why we will ALWAYS need NPR. And why NPR is one of my dream jobs. Because I would love to work at a place where I didn’t have to Charlie Sheen my way through the day’s news.

And Charlie Sheen is just one example. Think about it.

So, dearest Papi, blame the bear. Not the beast.


  1. Jup
    June 10, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I CAN see Papi’s point here. Despite knowing what their job is, having the media sensationalize every little detail of the rivalry must get tiring to the players. He doesn’t have to like it, and he’s allowed to get cranky with the reporters every once in a while.

    That being said, I’m sure the crazy Steinbrenner boys were putting lots of pressure on their guy to hit Ortiz after all the negative press. They seem reactionary enough to do that. I’m gonna blame the Steinbrenners… and CC…. but mostly the Steinbrenners.

  2. June 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I’m 100 percent sure it was on purpose. But really, maybe if the Stanks weren’t so snarky, the public wouldn’t get involved in the rivalry and the media would go find something better to cover. like charlie sheen.

  3. June 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Charlie Sheen would not have hit Papi with a pitch. I’m pretty sure of that. Papi’s not some kind of lovable huggy bear with the media anymore – he’s already shunned them because he thinks he has gotten a raw deal… so whatever he said is cool with me. Taking the emotion out of all of this (because I am neither a Sox or Yanks fan), he looked a little “Bryce Harper” after his home run and he got hit with a pitch later on. If George Costanza was still with the Yanks I’d blame him. Sure he got hit on purpose 100%, whomever made the call. Either charge the mound or the media, your call Papi! (I’d love to see him choose the media…!)

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