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As you’ve probably heard by now, Reds manager Bryan Price teed off on the media yesterday in an epic, 77 F-word rant about how it doesn’t benefit the Reds for the media to report which players are available or suffering from nagging injuries. By the end of the thing, he threatened to stop telling reporters thsoe little details because they’ll “sniff it out on [their] own.”
Here’s the thing: They’re doing their job, obviously quite well. Everyone knows it’s not the media’s job to do what’s best for their subject (hardened JOURNOS ‘bate at sentences like that), but from the sounds of it, Reds beat writers are going above and beyond if they’ve already forced the manager into a a freakout three weeks into the season. Price’s argument basically amounts to you’re making my job harder, which is 100% not the media’s problem. At one point, Price told a reporter that it’s not his job to dig up every little thing about the Reds… which is completely wrong. That’s literally his job. And this is exactly my point when I dig in on certain Eagles and Flyers writers, who spend more time complaining about the team not talking than they do finding stuff on their own. That doesn’t go for everyone, but it applies to Les Bowen, Reuben Frank (to a lesser extent), Sam Carchidi, Rob Parent and Tim Panaccio. Say what you want about Randy Miller (I think he’s an asshole), but he at least tries to dig up stories, as does Frank Seravalli. The media works for the fans, not for the team (unless you’re Dave Spadaro). Price doesn’t understand that. If fans want to know why [insert player] isn’t available, then it’s a story and the team’s job to hide it if they don’t want it out there. Comparatively, it’s in the best interest of the Eagles and Flyers to keep a lot of their offseason plans buried, and certain local types would be better off trying to uncover them rather than waiting for the team to just tell them the name of the movie, which they’re not going to do. So maybe some of those Reds guys would like to work in Philly?