Writers Bloc: Beantown blackout

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Updated: April 29, 2003, 12:17 PM ET
By Jim Baker
  • One of the more infamous events in recent baseball history celebrates a 20th anniversary today. Lee Elia, manager of the Cubs, let loose with a profane fusillade at Cubs fans after they booed his 5-14 team. Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune tells the tale and even points out where on the internet one can find a pirated version of the outburst -- provided one is 18 and does not allow minors to hear it.

  • Bill Reynolds of the Providence Journal discusses the current media blackout by Red Sox superstars Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez and the special conditions under which Nomar Garciaparra will speak. How much should fans care when players do not wish to talk to the media? Are reporters the only ones it really bothers?

    Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.
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