Thanks!! BTW, 99.9% of this board thinks that you are totally awesome for coming in here and giving us updates and insight. There are going to be negative people in all walks of life. Ignore them <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
Yeah, WOY, I think I am out of the loop too. Then again, I am perpetually out of the proverbial loop. I would like to read these column though because I love reading baseball columns. I really like Bob Nightengale's columns from USA Today. Good stuff. Peter Gammons' columns are starting to tick me off. It is starting to seem more and more like he was totally drunk when he wrote them <img border="0" alt="[Laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh.gif" />
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.
This post will upset many of you, but I must be out of the loop so to say also. I never heard of TC, let alone read any of his writings, other than on this board.
Don't call me negative, because those of you who know me know I'm not.
I have been thinking about posting for quite a while on the "how do we know this TC is telling the facts, or just shooting the s*** and making us the laughing stock of him and his friends"
Well, after I read GEO'S post, which was a good one I might add, he has every right to question you Team Clark, as I do also. We don't know you, you don't know me, hell I could report that I am a family friend of some player, or any star in any field, how would any one know for sure. I'm not saying you are, but don't we have the right to question?
Now before you tell me that if I don't like your post, don't read them;;;;I know that.
Sorry if I have upset 95% of you on this board in questioning Team Clark, I don't mean to upset anyone.
I know that it is human nature to question the veracity of information given via the internet, but I'm here to tell you guys that TeamClark is legit.
I have known TC for a little over six months and have met him in person. I have also spent quite a bit of time talking to him about various things. Everything that he has told you about himself is easily verifiable by anyone that has his real name. He's even provided proof on several occasions so I'm not really sure exactly what the problem is.
I'm not one to put my reputation on the line unless I am sure that someone is legit and I am completely sure that TeamClark is.
<small>[ 04-21-2002, 12:18 AM: Message edited by: Larkin Fan ]</small>
You certainly have some points...not very good ones but they are points nonetheless. This is the internet. I could be Marty Brennaman for all you know. I think I have much better hair than he does, so that is not possible.
Let's go over this one more time. Just for old times sake....
Last year when I came on the scene there were "questions" about my authenticity/credibility. I simply got tired of all the attacks from the likes of Geo and a few others, so I posted my credentials for all to see. Jax Red remembers that! (i got yelled at for posting them btw)
I am a FAN first so I posted pics of myself at Jr's and Sr's house taken during Thanksgiving. I thought everyone would like to see what their houses looked like. That went over well. How this is reporting I'll never know.
Astonishingly there were still doubters (this just floors me)...so I took some more pics in the batting tunnels, some with players, on the field, in the dugout before games, in the pressbox, etc... I even had several "zoners" come down for a few games. They received the VIP treatment and loved it.
I even pulled a few strings and had some favors done for GAC. I'm in the process of doing something similar for CQ. So you must forgive ME if I get tired of explaining myself.
I really could care less if you had not heard of me. I run into writers all of the time who have been at it 10+ years who I have never heard of. I do not cover the Reds 100% of the time. I am from Cincinnati and have lived here most of my life. I like it here. The proximity to Cinergy makes my job easier. I do go on the road and visit other teams.
I have always tried to answer your questions to the best of my ability with the knowledge I possess. I have stated many times...if I know I say I know, if I guess I say I am guessing. If you choose not to beleive me or like what I say... that is your choice. I totally respect the fact that you may not like my posts or believe in me. Just like I reserve the right not to like what you write. I read Gammons all the time. Most of the time he is full of s%$! but other times he is right on the money. Same thing with Rob Neyer.
As for working harder here then in my columns. I am a REDS fan. I always will be. This is a REDS forum. What do you want me to do? Write about the Mets? C'mon. I happen to like the people in here. I try to give you a behind the scenes look. What I find so amazing is that I tell you something and you say "oh No, he's full of #$^#...you're not credible" Then 6 months down the road it all comes out and you still try to leave me holding the bag. I remember telling everyone here in September that Pokey was faking an injury. #1 because the players knew and #2 he told me he was packing it in. The response was incredible. I'd say 70% of you thought I was full of it. Well??? Here we are 7 months later.... I just try to tell you what is going on. You only get to read the surface material in the paper. If you are that naive to believe the reports in the papaer are the ABSOLUTE truth or that the details they provide are the whole story then I can't help you. I really do not think I have posted much that has just been totally off the wall. I have NEVER posted anyhting I knew to be untrue. One of my sources telling me Jim Bowden was to be fired two weeks after the season was over was JOHN ALLEN. Obviously he got over ruled somewhere. I should not have let that out. Tony Jackson was sitting right next to me in the press dining area when we heard that. Tony is more seasoned than me and knew the right move. I learned something there. I make mistakes too. There were other sources for that story too, but none bigger than JOHN ALLEN.
I love posting here I really do. I get about 7-10 e-mails a day from "zoners"... I appreciate your support. The friends I have made here I hope I keep for a long time. You are solid people not to mention great fans.
<small>[ 04-21-2002, 12:27 AM: Message edited by: Team Clark ]</small>
So can someone explain to me who Pokey Reese is to be questioning leadership on the team when he admittedly faked an injury and packed it in? If I were a teammate of his I would have been so pissed.
Anyway TCII, if you haven't sent my PM yet, could you throw in some pictures of the tunnels at Cinergy? I have not been there and would really like to see what it looks like. Thanks - keep up the great work
TeamClark, somehow I missed all, or most of those pictures and your credentials that you say you posted last fall, sorry. That was back when my brother had passed away and I was not reading the board on a regular basis then.
Again, my apology for my post, maybe we can have a beer sometime and laugh about this, LarkinFan is buying, <img border="0" alt="[Laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh.gif" />
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Originally posted by Team Clark:
<strong>Thanks LF... You grilled me for a good three weeks before I received your stamp of approval...it still hurts where you stamped me!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">No problem, although I'm still waiting for you to pull a couple of strings and get me that souvenir... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
What you ask Danielson is no easy task.. LOL! I'll get it for you. Don't worry. I have to be a little more careful this year. Public Relations Bear and Reporter Bear are not cohabitating very well right now!!!
Johnny... Hey it's just baseball. Sorry about your brother. I never had one and always wished I had. I do have a lovely sister and wonderful daughter. All this makeup clouds my feminine side. We can do the beer thing but if LF is buying it will be more like Root Beer.