You've read about it all day, but there it is: Gary Thorne's confident revelation that Curt Schilling used paint on his sock. (Big ups to A Red Sox Fan in Pinstripes Territory for the video.) ...At 5 PM Thursday, it was the top story at Yahoo!:
While the debate surrounding this issue will rightly center around Thorne's comments, I think it's also worthwhile to take a moment to point out how his comments snowballed into a national story. Yes, there were probably hundreds of thousands of viewers who heard him, but it was the astute ears of a blogger over at The Joy of Sox who transcribed the comments and brought them to the attention of several reporters ...
Gorden Edes, if you don't recall, took the story and ran with it, writing the definitive introduction to the controversy that the rest of the mainstream media has built on. But realize, it was a blogger who broke this.
The season isn't even a month old and bloggers have been responsible for raising the question of what's on Francisco Rodriguez's cap, alerting us to an arcane rule prohibiting Torii Hunter's gift of Dom Perignon to the Royals and now making Thorne public enemy No. 1 in the city of Boston. The old guard best tread lightly, because the bloggers are watching.
April 26, 2007
AOL: It Was a Blog That Broke Sockgate
Matt Watson at AOL Sportsblog:
by allan at 11:31 PM