Alyson Footer, Take a Walk!

 

 Before I begin rantastic ravings, I’d like to point out beckeesh’s good call on the Brandon Backe game in the last post. Backe wasn’t responsible for all six, but the final was 6-4 brew crew. Interesting. 

  Now, though I’m not for homers with rose colored glasses working the press beat for the Astros, I AM for Footer either cheering up and getting off her high horse, or getting the hell out of writing for the Astros on the official website.  She’s either organically become a bitter person, has been slighted by the organization (anyone heard anything?), or has some agenda against the team.

  As I remember, her columns and observations used to be enjoyable, two years ago, but now it’s doom, gloom, sneers, and, oh my god, Footer, are you pouting? What the hell kind of team writer are you? Here’s an idea: look on the bright side, maybe once a season? Jesus!

  She not only undermines the good intentions and efforts of players and managers, (Ed Wade, Hunter Pence, Tejada, Valverde), she insults her readers with a smug attitude I find insufferable.   

  So Ms. Footer, here’s my smug response to all of your sighing, windy, dismissive “Mailbags”.   A team reporter’s job, it seems to me, is to provide accurate, accessible, and slightly biased reports towards the team in question. If you doubt your team’s character, management, and ability, do so in a way that does not crush the hope of the fan base. OF COURSE the Astros probably aren’t doing a damn thing this season, but that is not the point or spirit of baseball!  A fan’s job is to understand that their team is finished clinically, logically, but to harbor that fever of that possible impossible comeback in the deep of their chest. Kids read this website lady, and they pull for the team no matter the odds! They love the anticipation of the possibility.  And no team has earned more of a right for this ridiculous hope from the fans than the Houston Astros. Or have you all, Houston writers, completely forgotten about the thrilling Cardinals chase two years ago, or the “Gravestone World Series” before that? We pay a lot of good money for our irrationality. Respect that.

  And be grateful our new GM plays to win. Forget the farm system.  A good draft helps restore it every time, and last time I checked we still have a lot of ammunition down  there in Corpus and Round Rock. I love that Wade plays to win, and plays for the now, even if it is illogical! Or would you all like to rebuild for the next eight years, a la the Brew Crew, Royals, and A’s? Hey, know what’s worse than getting swept by the Pirates?  Trading Pence before the deadline to the Red Sox for two “highly touted” AA prospects. That would be boring and sad. Period.  I love the Wolf deal. It’s low risk and balls at the same time. 

Ms. Footer, you write for the fans. It is a privilege. Treat it as such. And THAT means NOT talking down to them during your mailbag column. Respect our intellect and our irrational optimism. It’s your job. You ain’t writin’ for the Washington Post. Please stop being so dry.  Let reading the website become enjoyable again. 

  Rediscover the fun, Ms. Footer, or take a vacation.

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8 Responses to “Alyson Footer, Take a Walk!”

  1. beckeesh Says:

    So true!!! I know she’s a woman trying to make it in a man’s world, but Jeez is she rude to the fans! Little Chris from Spring doesn’t need to know what you really think about Tejada’s power numbers, Alyson!

  2. Wow!! Seriously? I thought she had been getting so much better– reporting, not cheerleading. How can a site called Disastros be saying “stay positive, sink to the lowest common (rah-rah) denominator.”??

  3. beckeesh Says:

    Stuart,

    Alyson Footer talks bad about players on our club ALL THE TIME. And she’s really sarcastic about it! Little kids write to her. She doesn’t have to openly mock players.

    Of course, WE can openly mock players, because we are not the Astros beat reporter for MLB.

    If Alyson Footer wants to berate our ballclub at every turn, then she should get a blog!

    Now, of course, there are reporters who have blogs (ahem – RJ, JJO, and co.) and they should also be the subject of a post here. Obviously, they are beyond bad for other reasons. At least Alyson Footer can write… At least she can write well-constructed sentences like,

    “That said, I cannot understand why this trade has enraged so many fans. They gave up Chad Reineke, a 26-year-old reliever who is too old to be a prospect and hadn’t done much in the Minor Leagues. There’s no loss there.”

    and also,

    “Is it really that upsetting to see Runelvys Hernandez booted from the rotation? Really?”

    Dang!!

    http://houston.astros.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080728&content_id=3212765&vkey=news_hou&fext=.jsp&c_id=hou

  4. berkmaniac Says:

    Stuart,

    I really appreciate you commenting. Honestly, welcome to the forum! I was going t defend my stance but Becky did so better than I could. I wish you would have read a little more carefully into what I was saying. I don’t want a pure cheerleader, but a little love and optimism when you’re the TEAM Reporter. An approach with less sarcasm and , you’re Goddamn right, a little homerism never hurt anyone. We don’t have “Cubs” or “Red Sox” nation. At least our team reporter could be less hostile in her response to the fans and players. Let’s not pretend this is some objective position. And, my God, I’m not asking for a Bruce Levine, (horrible local Cubs reporter, who, while waffling to the the sweeter side of the argument in every other debate, only really holds his ground when…defending SOSA. Horrid.) I just want her to take care of the fans and respect them more in her writing. And it’s cool a woman is our staff reporter, I wish there were more women involved in baseball journalism, but let’s not say she’s a become a better reporter. REPORTER? Honestly. Maybe, I don’t know, she’s reported somewhere else, but on the Astros website she’s a recapper. Unless you can dig up that last thorough investigative piece she did on the allegations against Bagwell, or the multi-faceted introspective character piece she wrote on Brad Ausmus. Oh, you can’t find those stories in the archives? BECAUSE SHE NEVER WRITES THEM. She’s probably not allowed to really report on the website. She has a fine position, I’m jealous, but let’s not pretend she’s an investigative journalist. She’s a chronicler and a host, a position weakened by her negativity and her ill-humored sarcasm.
    I mean, look at the Nationals webpage. The site’s reporter is polite, “there” for the team even while admitting they suck. And on that I rest my case.

    I’d like to vote in Jim Molony on a permanent basis.

  5. Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

  6. I agree wholeheartedly. Alyson Footer is extremely rude to the fans who write her. I once wrote in a question about whether or not they would trade away Berkman (before he re-uped on his contract) and her response, verbatim, was this…

    “Dave, you make me laugh. Obviously you aren’t an Astros fan. How about watching 2 or 3 more seasons then you can answer your question yourself.”

    What the hell????

  7. berkmaniac Says:

    Dave, long time no reply, but on your comment I rest my case.

    How dare her insult a fan writing into the freakin’ mailbox. Napoleon complex.

    I’ll be finding my news through others as much as possible this season.

  8. Hi! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a fddefdcdkeke

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