TC, we tangled before and I've regretted it ever since, because sniping at people is not why I come to RedsZone. You and geo are fellow RedsZoners and I'd hate to see you going at it. I hope you'll go easy on the backlash when somebody challenges you, because they don't have a lot to go on. The credibility questions aren't going to go away as long as the little nagging doubts get in the way.
I don't know a lot about what goes on in the Reds club house (that's what makes your stories so tantalizing), but I do know reporters. It's my job to ask them, "How do we know this?" I hope you'll take this in that spirit.
I hope you'll forgive me when I say that someone who spends Thanksgiving at the Griffeys' and doesn't report on it is not a reporter. That's not a bad thing, in fact it's impressive and I bet most people here would like to do something like that. It's not what reporters do, though, and I have a hard time getting a handle on it.
The next thing is that the people here read every word about the Reds that is written anywhere on Earth. If there are columns out there about how McKeon got fired or who likes or doesn't like Boone, the people here would be all over it. That doesn't mean that there aren't columns out there, but it's a nagging doubt.
And if the stories told here aren't making it into the columns, that's cool. But somebody must be saying, "That guy's working harder for RedsZone than he's working for me. What's up with that, giving away all the good stories for free?"
I tried to think of quasi-media jobs like PR, front office, gofer for radio or Web sites, but I'm not going to claim one thing or another. I'm just having a hard time getting a handle on what kind of reporter we're talking about, and I hope you'll understand why I haven't resolved all the little doubts.