05.25.07

Leitch Acting Shitty Towards SI’s Walter Mitty

Posted in Baseball, Sports Journalism, Will Leitch Sucks at 8:36 pm by

It is very tempting to claim Sports Illustrated’s venerable Tom Verducci has forgotten more about baseball than Deadspin’s Will Leitch will ever learn.  That, however, is probably a gross exaggeration. It might be more to the point to say that I’ve forgotten more about George Plimpton than Leitch has learned about Verducci, but either way, let’s review Will’s comments regarding Tom.

In ’05, Verducci participated in Toronto’s spring training in Dunedin, FL. Last Monday, Verducci played right field for the Blue Jays during their Cooperstown, NY exhibition against the Orioles.

Were I a paying customer that afternoon, I might’ve been somewhat dismayed at Toronto denying playing time to another member of the organization in favor of the SI scribe.  And while I don’t know Will Leitch’s whereabouts that day, he seems to take unusual umbrage for an altogether different reason.

We understand Verducci’s instinct; playing baseball was one of the most pleasurable things we’ve ever done, and we miss it, pretty much every day. But after a while, it really does just become a vanity project; yes, yes, Tom, we understand that you are in better shape than just about everybody else who covers baseball. But it might be time to let it go.

We understand the notion; believe us, Tom, we do. But it’s probably time to move on now. Every athlete scoffs that all sports reporters are just frustrated athletes. You’re not doing much to prove them wrong. We know it hurts. We know. But time to put the spikes away.

I guess I missed the part of Verducci’s article where he announced he’d be doing this annually.  But just the same, he might do well to take Will’s advice and stick to far more dignified journalistic pursuits — like taking batting practice against John Rocker.

3 Responses to “Leitch Acting Shitty Towards SI’s Walter Mitty”

  1. Bob Cook says:

    Perhaps Will will be more peeved to learn that Tom Verducci appeared on my cellphone’s MLB 07 on Monday as a pinch-hitter and outfielder, too. He hit a ninth-inning single and scored on a double in a 6-3 victory. Some nice speed on the basepaths for a scribe.

  2. Mark Swiderski says:

    I don’t believe for a second Leitch was a high school athlete. The skinny Spicy Crunchwrap Supreme spokesmodel was a waterboy at best. That’s where he learned the life lesson that has served him to this day: if I make gay jokes, the guys will like me. Shit is responsible for like 4/5ths of the “content” on his blog.

  3. mega montana says:

    “we”? why does every writer use “we” when writing about themself?

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