Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Who ticked off the Rocket?

  • Update: here is the answer (but not the question) on YouTube.

  • Let us say at the outset that we're not talking about the Pentagon Papers here. But today's papers all had stories about Roger Clemens ending his postgame press conference in a huff Sunday after a reporter asked a question about "negative things" written in the press. Everyone wrote about it. The T-T's Donnie Collins referred to him as an "unsuspecting reporter." Dave Konopki of the Times Leader called him "a reporter from a small newspaper in rural Pennsylvania." The New York Post merely called the reporter "someone." Again, this isn't as crucial as, say, the books at the library in Kingston. But if the fellow triggered a Rocket temper tantrum and caused the press conference to end early, isn't his identity newsworthy?

    17 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    I agree. Who was the reporter?

    Anonymous said...

    They just aired his comments on ESPN Radio...You could hear him bang the table at the end of the sound bite...The host was also wondering who asked the question...

    Anonymous said...

    I don't know who asked the "last straw" question, but damn, it was a fantastic answer. Which means it was a great question.

    Anonymous said...

    I just read the exchange and it seems the Rocket didn't listen to the question. Seemed harmless.

    Then again I probably wouldn't if I was going to make $28 million for working this summer.

    Anonymous said...

    If that 'someone' reporter plays his cards right he'll be on every ESPN show the rest of the week.

    Kudos.

    Anonymous said...

    Who cares who the reporter was? Nobody. Only other reporters. It wasn't newsworthy. It wasn't even someone people would know.

    Anonymous said...

    Scuttlebutt is it was a guy from some Towanda paper. Don't know for sure, but that's what I heard.

    Anonymous said...

    Heard it was Shamokin. The question was a pretty good one and didn't deserve the tirade. Clemens, I heard some sportscasters speculate, may have just needed to vent and may have been trying to send a message to the struggling Yankees that he's jacked up and ready to go. If you listen to the audio, he started to answer politely, then just sort of went off for some reason.

    Anonymous said...

    Let me get this straight, a reporter in a room full of reporters asked a question and you guys can't find out who it is. Wow.

    Anonymous said...

    This underscores how egomaniacal journalists can be. None of them wants to name the reporter because they're pissed he asked a question that sparked an attention-getting tirade. They don't want to give credit to someone else for asking a question that got a kick-ass response when most of them probably asked softball, ass-kissing questions.

    NEPAmedia said...

    Tell me those weren't reporters clapping at the end of the YouTube clip.

    Anonymous said...

    8:59, you're an uninformed idiot. Read the columns. The question itself was a softball, ass-kissing question. Clemens just does what Clemens does from time to time. He sent a message to his team through the media, and that happens from time to time in sports. Clemens is a serial offender of that. None of the columnists or reporters reported his name, probably because they didn't think it was necessary. Nobody really cares who asked the question (it was the sports editor in Towanda, who used to work at STT, for the record), except for the media people who weren't there and were just curious to know. I don't think it was a question of the ego of the writers on hand. It's a question of the curiosity of the idiots who constantly post on this stupid blog. People care what Roger Clemens said. Not whether it was a New York reporter or a guy from Towanda who asked the question. Dumbass.

    Anonymous said...

    The real news is how jumbled and meaningless Roger's tirade was. The meathead made no sense ("I stay positive so the 10-year-old doesn't get the wrong idea") and just threw a fit for effect. He's like a minor league Ed Christine.

    Anonymous said...

    I was curious as to who asked the question, but does the viewer/reader/listener really care? It's not the question that counts. It's the answer.

    Anonymous said...

    It was Chris Kelly asking, "Hey Rocket, you going to finish that honeybun?"

    Anonymous said...

    Nice.

    > He's like a minor league Ed Christine.

    Anonymous said...

    Brian Fees, ex-Times staffer now in Towanda. I was there. It was designed as a puff-ball question to get Roger to say nice things about the fans.

    And yes, there was applause from many in the room after the fist pound.