URL Weaver: The Outrage Cycle

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Yesterday the URL Weaver included a link to a very interesting story for ESPN written by your e-friend and mine, Sam Miller. Sam is a very bright guy with a terrific humanist touch – he writes about things in a way which makes them relatable, not daunting. Which is why the “write about WAR” assignment landed on his desk in the first place.

Miller wrote and wrote and wrote some more and the result is something of which he can be proud. The comment section is, of course, beyond the author’s control. As his piece landed on the front page of ESPN.com, the comments are what you would call “subhuman.” The incoherent ramblings of perpetually outraged at that which they do not understand. Which is to say, just about everything.

From internet commenters on a big net site like ESPN, this is (sadly) the status quo. When another writer chooses to follow up, that is unexpected.

Michael Hurley of CBS Boston pulled out his outrage machine and penned a piece called “Time for Baseball’s WAR Supporters to Tone Down the Arrogance” before launching into a 750 tirade which could charitably be described as “arrogant.”

When I first read it, I was slightly annoyed. I thought I would give it a good, old-fashioned fisking (or FJMing, as it is also known) and reduce the false dilemma-ridden piece what for.

Then I realized…who cares? Why perpetuate this name-calling battle from which no winners emerge? Why give this guy the pleasure of knowing his troll bait worked? Does the world need another sabr-takedown? It might do good web business, with retweets and such if I did a really good job of putting this bro in his place.

But I don’t have it in me. That battle is already fought and won. Instead I’ll pass the link and leave the reader to decide who makes a more convincing case: Miller or Hurley? That’s all the work that remains on this front.

The internet subsists on outrage and pointed fingers. Heavens knows I’m not above it or guilty of it from time to time (and over again.) But in this case, I opt out. Feeding the trolls is no longer a viable option. This big old tent has plenty of room beneath, for all types of baseball fan.

Let’s end the outrage cycle, one single sentence paragraph at time. Then, together, we can focus on the real enemy: lawyers.

And the rest

Nice look at what Drew Storen went through after his Game 5 collapse against the Cardinals [Jayson Stark]

Jose Molina committing wanton acts of kindness. I guess you could say he was…framed. [Rays Cut 4]

John Gibbons reminds Blue Jays fans why the like John Gibbons so much in the first place. [Globe & Mail]

How the Giants Humpty Dumptyed Buster Posey [CSN Bay Area]

Sound the Spring Training injury klaxon! Shelby Miller to sit out a few days with shoulder tightness. NOT A DRILL! [STL PD]

Sick of Bad Spring Training Twitpics getting you down? You should follow Cleveland’s beat beast Jordan Bastian on Instagram, then you can get sweet Trevor Bauer change-uppy goodness like this every day!

All you ever wanted to know about Xander Bogaerts but couldn’t be arsed to ask. [WEEI]

The difference between projections and predictions – a not-insignificant difference indeed. [Fangraphs]

Rob Neyer gets TINSTAAP juice all over my Bundy boner. I press on, undeterred. [Baseball Nation]

Should the Braves extend Andrelton Simmons? Some say yes, others say “what’s the rush?” [Talking Chop]

Mike Schmidt, probably a better player than you remember (because he was next-level amazing), now mustacheless. [700 Level]

Speaking of pitch framing (back there somewhere), the best Spring Training photo dude of them all, John Lott, shows Blue Jays catching coordinator Sal Fasano working with J.P. Arencibia on that darkest of dark arts.


And still speaking of catchers, R.A. Dickey gets a personal one aka not JPA. [National Post]