TC - Just wanted to provide my perspective. I think the thing that bothers some is that in defending your argument, you point out that you're an insider, that you were there, that the other poster couldn't possibly be as informed as you are. Here's how I view your inside status. Personally, I don't care about soap opera type info., the off the field junk - who said what about who, how Jimbo reacted in the clubhouse, how the other players reacted to Acevado's demotion, who likes or dislikes who, etc. I know, I know - a lot of fans really get into that kind of stuff. For whatever reason, I don't. I don't even respect most player's opinions - some aren't all that bright, and many of them are blinded by their egos. I also don't have that much respect for journalists - do they know more about baseball than I do?? Some do (Chris Welsh), but many don't (Marty/Hal). As good as Marty is as a baseball announcer, his opinions are often-times off base. Hal McCoy - same thing.
I'm a fan of the game - I enjoy talking about the game itself. Evaluating gm decisions, how a gm can get the most bang for his buck, how a manager approached a certain game, lineups, whether or not a certain player is producing, stats, etc. In that respect, you're no more informed or insightful than anybody else. That's what irritates me about the irrelevant question/answer sessions about the soap opera behind the scenes. Not saying it's your fault, but that's how I perceive it. Some on here act as if they worship you because you know the players. Sorry, I don't. I come here to read and talk baseball, not gossip columns. When you provide the inside scoop, some will like it. Some won't. That comes with the territory.