Today I was on the great Fire Joe Morgan site and discovered that yesterday a so-called "sportswriter" from Newsday, Long Island's daily newspaper, wrote an absolutely worthless column that was absolutely slanderous against one of the great gentlemen of the game of baseball, Tim Wakefield.
I don't know what Wakefield ever did to Wallace Matthews, but this jackass wrote an absolute piece of garbage about Wake. Matthews starts off by basically making an absolutely idiotic comparison between Tim and baseball's steroid troubles.
Was Matthews ON steroids when he wrote this piece of crap?
At first it sounds like the column is a tongue-in-cheek one, but Matthews is actually serious about everything he says. He seems to think Wakefield is the worst pitcher in baseball, and goes on with this column and comes to some incredibly wrong-headed conclusions, like Wake's starts are the slowest in the game (they are actually among the fastest).
Here is the actual column: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spwally225224683may22,0,7559777.column
There are so many things wrong with this drivel, so I will let you read Fire Joe Morgan's great retort to it: http://www.firejoemorgan.com/2007/05/what-eff.html
I remember a few years ago, Matthews wrote for the NY Post, and his boxing columns were actually pretty well-written and insightful. What the hell happened to you, Wally? Did you actually jump on the Yankees payroll? Sounds like he's been hanging out with the mental pygmies who sit in the bleachers in Yankee Stadium.
I also noticed that unlike most writers, Matthews leaves NO email address where you can write back your thoughts on his columns. (But there is one at Newsday, and at last count it got over 150 replies, almost all loaded with colorful replies about this moron and the column.) Matthews is simply a gutless coward for writing this, and for hiding and not facing the criticism that would follow it.
I'm really amazed that a "sportswriter" can get away with writing such dreck as this. It is one of the worst sports columns I have ever seen in any newspaper.
Matthews ought to be ashamed of writing such worthless crap, and trying to defame one of baseball's better citizens as Tim Wakefield. And Newsday should be too, for printing it.