So I Heard From Crusty NY Times Writer

Pat_jordanPat Jordan, folks

Sometimes you don't realize just how far your content reaches.

Today, I got an email from Pat Jordan, the freelance writer who wrote the New York Times piece about the Four Aces.

One thing I've learned from doing this: You don't reach out to someone unless they've gotten under your skin… if even just a little bit.

PJ's email… and my response… after the jump.

I should be clear that instead of a responding with a jab, I used this direct-line to tell him what my problem was with his very public depiction of the aces.

On Apr 6, 2011, at 12:04 PM, Pat Jordan wrote:

hey, cb. question. if nobody reads newspapers any more, why are you and your readers so worked up over conlin's column and my story?

cheers,

com

 

PJ, my point was, that sort of out-of-touch writing is one (of many) reasons why more people are turning to blogs and websites for their news. While I thought your observations about the game changing were fantastic, you used those four guys to get your point across. It's clear that you went there with an agenda, and used their brush-offs and perceived lack of personality to take them down a few pegs. How can you write an in-depth piece about those guys and not mention Halladay's two no-hitters last year, or Cliff Lee's tremendous playoff performances over the last two seasons? Instead, you pointed out each of their flaws, Lee's only two less-than-stellar playoff starts, and every other fault you could find with them. Heck, you put-down Lee for having a temper and throwing at Sammy Sosa, yet champion the fact that hitters were afraid of Nolan Ryan. That's hypocrisy, my friend. Conlin, a notorious curmudgeon, agreed with you, showing just how out-of-touch he is with his readers.

 

You made it clear in this – and other writings – that you have a chip on your shoulder against today's "big time" stars. And your portrait of the Four Aces recklessly depicts that.

 

Thanks for reading our blog.

 

Kyle Scott

Editor, CrossingBroad.com

 

 

Waiting on response…

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37 Responses

  1. Boom… smacked… should have brushed him off… that would have really got under his skin… I skipped studing for an exam to read this… ssoooooooo worth it haha

  2. This ought to bring on an interesting response…if writers can’t stand the heat then they best stay out the kitchen.

  3. Fantastic response, though I am slightly disappointed you didn’t point out that he got his knickers in a twist when he didn’t receive the treatment he wanted after approaching them at their lockers…after he was specifically told not to do so.

  4. The maturity level in calling him crusty is astounding. Keep up the great work with your pre-school writing.

  5. Question: Not to be nitpicky, but did his email really contain no capital letters, or did they just kinda get lost in translation?

  6. His article could be viewed as a reasonable response to some of the blatant idol worship treatment the big 4 have received in other publications. I’m thinking specifically of the SI cover and article where they all get idiotic “super hero” identities. But if PJ and Conlin think that the article on it’s own is in anyway fair or balanced then dementia has already set in.
    Let’s bring up every point that makes these guys more fragile or superstitious then his generation, but not even mention some of the ways the game has actually gotten harder. What about smaller ballparks with no foul territory? Rampant PED use? Deeper line ups where even short stops and second basemen hit double digit home runs? A tighter strike zone thanks to video umpire review? Getting thrown out of a game if you hit two batters?
    Also, can we stop acting like Nolan Ryan was the greatest pitcher ever because he was “scary”. He was scary because many nights he had piss-poor control and that’s why he never won a single Cy Young. Get off his nuts PJ.

  7. This is brilliant. Being an aspiring writer myself, I know that biased bullshit, like his article on the Four Aces, can only be used as an example to learn from.
    Keep up the good work, Crossing Broad! 😀

  8. “if nobody reads newspapers any more, why are you and your readers so worked up over conlin’s column and my story?”
    isn’t the most ironic part of all this that his email to you is pretty much just a the total bush league retort from a blog comment section? i honestly don’t think he could’ve picked a lamer and less intelligent comment to reply with.

  9. “if nobody reads newspapers any more, why are you and your readers so worked up over conlin’s column and my story?”
    isn’t the most ironic part that his email is the equivalent of a bush league retort from a blog comment section? i honestly don’t think he could’ve picked a lamer and less insightful comment to reply with.

  10. Oh shit! Is it a juicy one, kyle? And kudos for standing your ground against that aging prick.
    And also, is he really surprised that people reacted negatively towards his article when he pretty much said, “Hmm…let me break the conditions and rules about how to approach the pitchers and expect a gracious greeting from them! They’re all pre-madonnas because they won’t take time out of their focused workouts and practices and talk with someone who broke the simple rules of conduct! Shame on them!”

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