Most days I really look forward to and enjoy this podcast. Buster is a great host who is clearly knowledgeable and gives a good snapshot of the current happenings during the season.
Every once in a while, like the “Good Guys” episode on 6/5/2019, it derails a bit and it’s basically always due to the actions of one of the other commentators. This one had Boog Sciambi go off on a rant about how much fans should care about reporters’ access to players to ask all questions they can about failures or successes of the day. He went off on how much money the reporting organizations pay to teams and leagues for access and how all fans should care about it. This was in response to one player not making himself available to the press after a bad game.
The opinion would certainly hold more weight if it came from someone whose livelihood was not directly affected by the subject: he’s a reporter and wants to get attention for the questions he asks. The real problem that I, and I think most fans, have with the whole thing is the massive amount of inane questions that reporters ask. After a bad game, the vast majority of questions are some form of “What happened out there”, “How did you feel when you dropped the ball” and “Are you concerned about your position with the team”.
The guy had a bad day and your questions will not divulge any revelations about it. The same goes when players do well, many versions of the same questions that are pretty pointless. He feels good, the other players did a great job and the management is supportive. There, you can use that in the rest of your reports this season and next.
I think reporting would get much better if reporters had to answer to the press for a story they missed because they were late to the scene and got 37 questions asking how it could’ve happened, what would they do differently and, from someone who showed up late, another how could it have happened. Then maybe they’d recognize the humane treatment that should exist when someone has a bad day. If the guy kicks a puppy on the field then sure, fry him with all the questions you want, but if he just did a bad job then maybe recognize that it happens to everyone and stop whining that you should’ve had access to him.
BTW, if that was completely uninteresting to read then please realize that took maybe 1/10th the amount of time that Boog went off on his self-promoting tangent.
In any case, this specific episode was the first one in maybe 60 this season that made me delete it before it was over because it was so opposite what this podcast typically provides: good reporting with good personalities and interesting facts.
Good podcast to subscribe to and almost always a great listen.