Well, I've tried to stay out of this one and watch how it plays out.
Many of my very best friends here at RedsZone have expressed their thoughts on this thread.
It appears to me to be all about perspectives.
BCubb, a great guy and a professional editor, looks at it from his background as a journalist and asked questions in that vein.
Geo J, another great guy and a former AAA player, looks at it as a player who feels that the sanctity of the clubhouse is being compromised.
Those of us who yearn for every single scrap of inside info we can get from the Reds are very happy to hear Team Clark's stories.
I've always looked at RedsZone as a great sports bar. If we're sitting around, watching a game together, tossing back a few cold ones, and we hear Geo J's old stories of the Big Red Machine, or Team Clark's stories of things he's witnessed in his job, well... it doesn't get much better than that for the avid fan.
But the internet blurs the distinction between casual conversation among friends and world wide publication of things that editors keep out of the papers for a variety of reasons.
Team Clark walks a fine line, and he's told me things that were extremely interesting, but would be professional suicide if he posted them here or on his website. It seems to me to be a tough thing to decide where that line should be drawn. Sometimes the things he posts shock us, but are well known throughout the baseball world, and he's surprised when they draw negative backlash from concerned RedsZoners.
We have so many different types of posters here. Historians, former players and coaches, current members of the media, and yes, even a few current and former Reds.
Team Clark is often the cuyanne pepper in our RedsZone gumbo... too spicy for some, just right for others. I really hope that we can work out our differences and get along. I know he can take it as well as he can dish it out... my only fear is that great guys like Geo J and Team Clark and others who have taken exception to TC's posts from time to time can bury the hatchet and contribute on one anothers threads without being uncomfortable. There is such a wealth of knowledge and experience there to draw on, and I for one don't want to miss out on hearing everything I can from both of them.
I do find one thing incredibly ironic about TC and Geo J tangling... I can't think of any two people here who are so exactly alike in their thoughts about Jim Bowden. Heck, I figured they were long lost cousins when I first read TC's analysis of Jimbo.
Viva la difference, and let's go out and cheer for Jose the Magnificant today.
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