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How Rumours Get Started

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Confidant: So Shannon, is it true that you’re about to sign with Seattle?

Stewart: Huh? I’m thinking more about my golf game at this point. Players are reporting and my phone hasn’t even rung in-

Agent: If you finish that sentence, we’re through. I mean it. You and me are done.

Stewart: Uhh, I mean I haven’t had any serious offers for a player of my calibre lately.

Confidant: But you have received some offers, right?

Stewart: Oh (glancing fearfully at agent), sure. The Jays put a deal on the table. Of course that was before they

Confidant: Thanks for your time!



Written by halejon

February 20, 2008 at 12:00 am

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. So… Jays had interest in Stewart, and made an offer.
    This made it’s way to the web and is on all the forums now.
    What’s the point exactly?


    February 20, 2008 at 4:46 pm

  2. That it was presented and caused a fuss as breaking and/or current news when it’s now obviously long dead (and Stew never really said otherwise). Hence the confidant cuts him off as he’s about to clarify his statement and then all the caps. You get it?

    Star: “A rumour spread on the internet last night that the Jays were on the verge of bringing back former outfielder Shannon Stewart. Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi confirmed that Toronto offered Stewart a contract over the winter, but that the deal has since been taken off the table.”

    Oh yah, and that agents and/or players ometimes wildly overstate the seriousness of offers (Posada?!) for reasons other than the education of the public. That was sorta snuck in there.


    February 20, 2008 at 6:36 pm

  3. yeah, but I think things are kinda slow so anything close to a rumor is something to talk about.


    February 20, 2008 at 7:03 pm

  4. Sure- I’m not saying it wasn’t worth hearing about on a slow news day. I just find it funny when a player makes an offhand comment and the media and blogosphere interpret it in a particular way and blow it entirely out of proportion.

    All of a sudden some guy on ESPN is quoting second-hand online sources as if they were straight from J.P’s mouth and speculating that a trade must be in the works just because some blogger in Seattle didn’t clarify that the “firm offer” didn’t come in the last month and a half…


    February 20, 2008 at 8:21 pm

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