Hank mentioned the ESPN-Red Sox connection. You have George Mitchell, of course, then lesser lights like Jed Drake (Red Sox homerun Doctor)*. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Everyone is a fan of something. I just don't like sports guys saying they're "a fan of all teams," etc. Jed Drake is presently a senior vp. He gave an interview to the Sporting News on June 25, 2001. The article states he's a Red Sox fan. So what? Just don't try to pretend you're not. The last paragraph:
especially (Jed) Drake, a Red Sox fan
- "Still, ESPN believes in this angle,
- who marvels at being able to finally see Pedro Martinez's delivery start-to-finish,
perhaps because only it can see the big picture. Seems ESPN stumbled onto Dead Center while developing some secret nuclear weapon it'll drop on baseball telecasts by July. "Necessity," says Drake, "is the mother of invention.""
***In a NY Times article 4/24/07 by Richard Sandomir, Jed Drake defends ESPN's doctoring of 4 Red Sox homeruns vs the Yankees.