Being there

Chi Reader's Michael Miner on absence of Sun-Times sports writer Jay Mariotti from the Sox locker room while writing about ballplayers:
[W]itness is journalism’s irreducible core. And sportswriters are the most old-fashioned of journalists and athletes the most old-fashioned of other people. Clubhouses are where jocks and scribes circle and sniff each other. Mariotti boasts of his sources in other places, but he’s remarkably estranged from this environment, where the circlers and sniffers ultimately piss on the same hydrants.
He quotes Mariotti complaining about "the jock mentality," which is like a religion writer objecting to a religious mentality.  M. should find other work.

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