Surely by now you’ve heard about the “report”– or whatever you want to call it– that surfaced yesterday at a site called Dog And Pony Show, where writer Joe Bisceglie has given us his word– and not a whole hell of a lot else– that A-Rod, Robinson Cano, Ryan Braun, and Curtis Granderson will all be suspended for failed PED tests this season.
It’s a motherfucker of a bold claim, and would be a hell of a thing, if true– a Yankee-derailing possibility certain Jays fans must be salivating over– but… is there really value in making the effort to envision a world in which this is something that’s really about to go down? Absolutely not.
I mean, I don’t want to pretend I’m so offended by the quasi-journalism of it that I couldn’t possibly even hold my nose long enough to acknowledge the fact that this stuff is out there– there’s a lot that’s interesting going on in this story, regardless– but there’s just isn’t nearly enough information, or corroboration from additional sources, of what he’s telling us, to start doing something crazy like actually believing it.
That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not true, of course. And Bisceglie writes in a follow-up post that he received the information from the same source that fed him what he feels was good information– and not just an educated guess that panned out– about Melky Cabrera’s suspension– a story he shows that he tweeted about long before the traditional media got wind of it. In fact, given the timing it’s entirely he was the source of the tweet Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area was referring to when he broached the PED issue with Melky last season, before anybody else had heard of the possibilty– an act that Baggarly was later forced to apologize for, though we now know quite clearly that he was on to something.
His having seemed to have hit on the Melky info before everyone else, though, isn’t exactly a compelling reason for us to believe history is about to repeat itself. What’s helping to give the story legs, however, is the fact that Bisceglie is hardly the fake account, “are you calling me a fucking liar?!?!?” kind of troll we associate with outlandish Twitter rumours based on information supposedly leaked to one super-special little snowflake of an internet user. He’s owning– genuinely, I think, and not particularly comfortably– the absurdity that he’s the one who may be breaking a massive story here.
I have no credibility. I can’t even name my source for you. One of the worst things about the internet is that any idiot can write any nonsense and post it as “news”. I wouldn’t have even read my own story unless it got picked up by ESPN or Yahoo or some other reputable sports website. I’m not a journalist. I’m not fuckin’ Peter Gammons, or Buster Olney. I’m a guy who took one journalism class 100 years ago in college. When I write about sports here on DAPS I’m exclusively writing editorial pieces meant to amuse other people like me and hopefully provide them with a take on stuff they haven’t heard before. The most popular feature I write includes a picture of an attractive woman at the end so that people will actually read it.
But that doesn’t mean I’m not right. We have no business running this story, we aren’t Yahoo or ESPN or even Deadspin. We are just a bunch of dudes from Staten Island who stumbled into a chance to tell people about the biggest story in baseball before anyone else. We are much more qualified to post cat videos, Kate Upton pictures or shit about Jurassic Park. But fuck it, we work really hard on this site and if this is how people are going to discover our little ol’ site then so be it.
He certainly won’t have any credibility if this goes nowhere. And I’m not sure the here-and-now pageviews are worth the absolute cratering his site can probably expect if nothing comes of it. So… those are almost halfway decent reasons to think he might be telling the truth– or, at least, what he thinks is the truth. But so what?
The real story– if there is one– will come out, and surely we’ll have time to discuss it ad nauseam. It would be fascinating if Besciglie had a king hell of a Deep Throat of a source on his hands here– especially because, why him?– and I think his tweets are worthy of some attention for that alone, but please, let’s hold off even bothering to contemplate a world in which what he’s saying is true. Unless something more substantiative comes along, there’s simply no reason to believe it. We sure as shit wouldn’t if it was about anyone on our team, right?