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Monday, May 26, 2008

Out of the goodness of his heart, Dan Naulty wants a book deal.

Certain types decide what is "news" and send their best talent looking for it in trash cans in the greater Houston area. The news of Dan Naulty wanting a book deal has been around since at least 12/23/07. Without examination of that detail, he received millions of dollars in publicity portraying him as a selfless, Godly man who just wanted to help.
"The 37-year-old Naulty now lives in Colorado with his family and is pursuing a Ph.D in Biblical studies.... He hopes to teach at a university or seminary From NY Daily News staff, 12/23/07, "Reliever Dan Naulty from 1999 World Series Team Spills Ugly Truth on Steroids," statements of the NYDN at end of Naulty narrative. The "stealing jobs" part has been denied in the case of Mike Trombley and hasn't been substantiated in other cases. While his velocity increased as he wailed (the alleged reason for his connection to the drug expose), his performance in other pitching areas decreased, making him a LESS effective pitcher. The media ran with the "velocity" story and never looked at his other stats, as an mlblogger actually did. But no headlines on that.
  • The Christian principle of making amends (also used in Step 9 of Alcoholics Anonymous) explicitly states NOT to do so in the manner Naulty has chosen, ie. making unsubstantiated public statements and innuendo about famous people who had nothing to do with his behavior and were not victims of his:
""The bottom line is this: Step Nine invites us to develop empathy--the capacity to anticipate how others will be affected by our amends. The principle involved here is a biblical one: "Step 9
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. "This step does carry a condition -- except when to do so would injure them or others. If the act of making amends will open old wounds or create new harm, then making direct amends should be avoided.
  • ***The benefit of making amends to the recovering person (Naulty) does not outweigh the need to
  • do no more harm."
(From Alcoholism.About.com)
  • This was Naulty's entire schtick. Mass media hanging celebrities' names in mid air worked well. He was presented as the opposite of what he really is: a guy looking for money seeking publicity and still possessed of major character flaws. Jose Canseco with different feathers.
P.S. The first 4 words in the NY Daily News story about Naulty (12/23/07) are as follows: Of course Rivera has no involvement in the trumped up story Naulty created for his apparent book tour. Nor was Naulty on the 1999 World Series roster nor any Yankee post season roster. Nevertheless, the NY Daily News headlined their story, "Reliever Dan Naulty from 1999 World Series Team Spills Ugly Truth..." (etc.) (If link expires, try inputting headline in google).

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