Writers Bloc: Beantown blackout


Updated: April 29, 2003, 12:17 PM ET
By Jim Baker
  • One of the more infamous events in recent baseball history celebrates a 20th anniversary today. Lee Elia, manager of the Cubs, let loose with a profane fusillade at Cubs fans after they booed his 5-14 team. Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune tells the tale and even points out where on the internet one can find a pirated version of the outburst -- provided one is 18 and does not allow minors to hear it.

  • Bill Reynolds of the Providence Journal discusses the current media blackout by Red Sox superstars Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez and the special conditions under which Nomar Garciaparra will speak. How much should fans care when players do not wish to talk to the media? Are reporters the only ones it really bothers?

  • Tom Gage of the Detroit News wonders just how bad this year's Tigers can be. With Baltimore and Tampa Bay on their schedule this week, he believes they can start putting a few markers in the Win column, but, he warns, if they don't against this level of competition, they might be in for some historic hell. For fun, Gage compares the 2003 Tigers to the five worst Detroit teams ever.

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