8.18.2021 – click bait and eye balls

click bait and eye balls
how dumb do they think we are
I clicked on it

It was Monica Lewinsky who once said (I am not kidding) that no editor ever assigned a story that wouldn’t get eyeballs.

Back in the day, we used to joke about headline writing and the weather.

Warm enough for Miley Cyrus and Lindsey Lohan to mud wrestle in bikinis, click here for our weather forecast,” was thought to be a winner!

One time a TV station I worked with in Tampa had a real story that landed in their lap with the headline, “Two NFL Cheerleaders arrested after fight in Men’s Room at local bar.”

Oh did we fight over that story.

The station in question didn’t mind other stations posting the story SO LONG as the headline linked to their website.

I like to think I can spot the click bait versus a real story.

But, as is said, the proof is in the pudding.

Actually what was said was more like the proof of the pudding is in the eating thereof.

I once quoted this saying in a corporate web update email that went out to the entire company.

I then said, So eat your meat. How are getting any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?”

A few hours after that email went out this feller came into my office and got down on his hands and knees and literally bowed his head to the ground.

He got up and said he had to bow down to anyone who could slip a Pink Floyd reference into a corporate report and get away with it.

Back to today, I saw the headline, These 20 Baseball Players with the most hits who are NOT in the Hall of Fame.

I thought it was legit and I thought it might just have the type of odd little factoids I like to start my day.

Instead I found myself reading one of those assigned-on-demand-to-create traffic web stories.

Not only was the writing less than good.

The list started off with Pete Rose.

Sure he has more hits than anyone but HE IS RIGHTLY BANNED FROM THE HALL OF FAME.

The next 4 or 5 players on the list were also not eligible due to use of Performance Enhancing Drugs or just drugs or maybe gambling.

Notice that drug abuse and alcohol abuse are not in the same chapter when it comes to baseball careers.

As Bill Veeck said of Hack Wilson and his STILL RECORD 191 RBIs in a single season, “If anyone breaks that record and does it sober, they get an asterisk”.

Veeck also said that Hack Wilson, who played for the Cubs, was once called into to see Commissioner K. M. Landis and was told, “DO NOT HAVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN WITH AL CAPONE WHEN CAPONE COMES TO CUBS GAMES!”

Wilson is supposed to have said, “But Capone shows me such a good time when I visit his place.”

The next 3 were not eligible BECAUSE THEY WERE STILL PLAYING.

Oh come on.

Finally we get to a player with a lot of hits and not in the Hall of Fame.

Steve Garvey.

It made me stop.

Steve Garvey isn’t in the Hall of Fame.

Garvey played for about 47 years with the exact same LA Dodgers infield of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Ron Cey & Bill Russell.

Growing up you could count on the sun rising in the east, Michigan winning football games and that the Dodger infield was set and would play flawless fundamental defensive baseball on a level exceeded only by Taiwan little leaguers.

Garvey went on to play for the San Diego Padres.

From there I figured he just marked time until he showed up in Cooperstown.

After a quick hit on the google, you learn that Steve Garvey was a 10-time All-Star, a Most Valuable Player, a four-time Gold Glove winner, a two-time All-Star Game MVP and a two-time MVP of the National League Championship Series.

He went to the World Series four times with the Dodgers (winning in 1981) and once with the Padres. At one time he held the NLCS record for home runs and RBIs. He hit .356 in 90 NLCS at-bats, .319 in 113 World Series at-bats and .393 in 28 All-Star Game at-bats. His postseason OPS was .910. He was an ironman: 19 Major League seasons including the NL record streak of playing in 1,207 consecutive games.

The way the google works now is that it tries to reduce your search to a quick answer and it will post that answer about the search result.

Is this case the answer to the question, “why isn’t steve garvey in the hall of fame” is “The reason Steve Garvey isn’t in the Hall of Fame has little to do with baseball. It’s because he couldn’t live up to the “perfect” status we assigned him.

I get that.

Garvey was the perfect little 1st baseman who rarely showed emotion.

Mr. Spock playing first base comes to mind.

But to not recognize his talents?

That seems a little low, even for me.

I don’t know.

Maybe.

Maybe it was because he had the glamour girl wife who dumped him for Marvin Hamlisch.

So I had my factoid after all.

Who I am to blame for click bait.

I clicked on it.

I will point out that they used to say they wrap fish in yesterday’s newspapers.

Can’t do that with online news no matter how much it deserves it.

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