The expansion, retraction, clarification of Dave’s post
Hi. You may note that Dave’s post, below, was for a time missing a paragraph, marking the first time I’ve ever substantially edited another author’s post. There was discussion of legal action, and, to be clear, as I noted elsewhere, this was not a BP thing.
I’ve written the story of what it was like to write the Rose story elsewhere. The story’s not fabricated, had sources beyond any one BP author, and I (as you can read) stand by the decision to run it, and so on. I entirely disagree with any statement to the contrary.
That said – I declined in the previous post to talk about my own conversations with responsible parties for the Ibanez comment. In particular, I talked to Steve Goldman, one of the editors, about this before Dave posted, and Steve, and I’m paraphrasing only a little–
– took responsibility for the comments
– insisted it wasn’t meant to refer to me
Further, the 2004 comment was in the Royals chapter, which I had no hand in. Insomuch as it could be a slam on anyone specifically, it’s not me. The person who wrote the 2004 Royals chapter is still writing for BP, I believe. So you can, as I did initially, read it as a crack on the guy you’d think wrote that, who did leave, or you can, as the BP guys did, it’s just a joke that clanks, and clearly has no basis in reality or making fun of anyone specifically.
I’m entirely willing to assume that the impression I and others got from the comment is, as Steve said, unintentional, and no slight was intended.
I’ll keep the rest of our conversation private, as much good as that does now. I have the utmost respect for Steve, and I should have posted, at least, that I talked to Steve about the comment in as a follow-up to Dave’s post, if not at the time I talked to him, before Dave posted.
After talking to Dave, we’ve decided to take down his post entirely.
I’ve tried, as much as possible, to admit error as publicly as I make the error, so – I had a couple of opportunities to prevent this from flaring up. I screwed them all up, and I apologize.