The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy is one of my professional heroes. But I don't agree with how he handled his recent column on Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.
Readers should understand that Shaughnessy's job, as a sports columnist, is not to be a fan boy, player's pal or owner's suck-up. It is not to make sure he remains in good standing with the ever-vigilant Internet police.
No, his job is to provoke thought, and he is one of the best in the country at it. I say this as someone who once was a sports columnist for the Baltimore Sun -- and wasn't nearly as good.
In fact, Shaughnessy's column on Ortiz is, in many ways, excellent journalism.
Shaughnessy didn't simply sit at his computer and write a speculative column on whether Ortiz, 37, is using performance-enhancing drugs. No, he confronted Ortiz directly, fearlessly. And he got Ortiz to tell him, on the record, "I guarantee you that later, you are not going to find out that I tested positive for some (expletive). It's not happen...