Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has begun a blog, 38 Pitches (Curt’s #38) where he talks about baseball directly with the fans. On the blog, Curt even broke some news about the Red Sox choice for which pitcher would be their closer this season. Now Schill is definitely an outspoken guy – he calls into sports radio and has posted on Sox forums, and the blog is a logical extension of his persona. So does the Boston media welcome this refreshingly open exchange with a ballplayer? Nope. In today’s Boston Globe, sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy mocks the blog and the people who comment there.
Adds Cory in comments: “Sports is a key section on newspaper sites (and many TV sites), and it draws a ton of traffic. But now the pro teams are creating their own online media destinations with their own video reporting and player blogs. At the same time, the leagues are restricting the video we can show online, and most won’t allow their players to blog for us. You get the picture. They want our users to shift to their sites. They want our eyeballs, yet at the same time, our reporting has promoted their teams and their players for years. So from a personal perspective, let this guy blog. But professionally, blogs like these are a direct competitive threat.”