Thanks again for the reader responses on the blog. If you ever need to ask me a question shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or post on the blog — it’s anonymous, and I have tough — sun-damaged — skin. Shoot away.
One of the posters — thanks again Ken — asked why it was necessary to print the history of P.J. Rose. Super fan Don Kain had the same type of question for me before Friday’s game. Please, they said: Don’t bring up the past, keep it positive.
Let me try to answer why the paper published the information about Rose’s past.
For those who don’t know the back story of Rose, he’s a baseball lifer. Players love him.
But Rose also served time.
Did I need to put that last bit of information in a story the day he joined the Revs?
Many readers might wonder why. It happened years ago. What’s the point?
It happened. The charges involved a drug that is sometimes used as a steroid alternative. The charges involved selling the drug to minor league teammates. It’s a crime directly linked to baseball. It needs to be mentioned in the story that introduced him to the community. If it isn’t mentioned, I’m not doing my job. We report good and bad. Do I take any pleasure in writing about the worst mistake in a player’s life? No. But that’s part of the job.
The same thing happens whenever the Revs sign a player who has tested positive for steroids or performance-enhancing drugs. If I can find public documentation, I’m going to put it in the story on the day they sign with York. They cheated in baseball, it has to go in the story. Truth is, I ended up liking most of those guys. They struck me as good people who probably didn’t deserve the label of a cheat or juicer, but it happened.
Is Rose more than just a guilty plea and a day in court? Absolutely. But it needed to be mentioned.