Beware Of The Blob!

An article by posted on November 11, 2009

Is your head spinning yet?

We live in the age of the 24 hour news cycle thanks to the internet, but somehow when it comes to the hot stove season, it’s more like a 24 minute news cycle.

Case in point, the Matt Holliday rumors.

Everyone who has an inkling, a feeling or a thought on the Holliday situation keeps adding to the suffocating cycle and viral onslaught of baseless information that contradicts itself from minute to minute.

Matt Holliday’s free agency has now taken on a life of it’s own. Much like the SciFi classic, “The Blob”, it creeps, and crawls, and eats, and grows.

Scott Boras doesn’t help matters when he keeps saying that his client Matt Holliday is this year’s Mark Teixeira, but nothing could be more further from the truth. Holliday is definitely not in the same class as Teixeira, and it’s not even close.

Teixeira is a superstar and a perennial MVP candidate, whereas Matt Holliday is neither of those things. And yet by the enormous volume of information, most of it useless, you would think Holliday is the second coming of Ted Williams.

In the last three days, the Holliday twists and turns, which are being fueled mostly by wild speculation, have reached a new level of internet saturation.

One of the more popular hot stove sites had over 30 different links or references to Matt Holliday in the last 48 hours alone. And they were all in individual blog posts! Now take that number and multiply it by the number of letters in Holliday’s name, square it and then multiply it again by the number of baseball blogs and… well, you get the picture.

One minute the Mets won’t spend on Holliday, the next minute the Mets are going all out for him. One writer gets a chuckle out of Holliday in a Met uniform, while another says it’s written in the stars. One post says that Holliday is too rich for the Mets taste, and later that day he’s right up the Mets alley. Geesh…

The worst part of it is that 24 hours later, a whole new slew of blog posts with the same contradicting information is recycled and regurgitated the next day. Of course, the names have been changed to protect the guilty, but basically its the same crap, over, and over, and over, and over, and over again. It’s completely mind boggling.

Actually, it’s indescribable… it’s indestructable… Nothing can stop it!

Sadly, I myself posted a Matt Holliday blog when either Heyman or Rosenthal reported that a source told them Holliday preferred to sign with the Mets or Yankees. The next day there were conflicting reports and I was going to repost the updated information. As I gathered my thoughts, the story changed again and Holliday was suddenly back on the Mets radar, but then… <Insert a terrifying scream here.>

To be continued…

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