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by Peter Moskos

August 10, 2010

Al Baker steps to the plate... It is high, it is far...

...It is gone!

Al Baker clears the bases and the New York Times is back on top!

Al Baker is a man I don't know. Never met him. Never spoken to him (at least I don't think I have). But I know his name because the man is good reporter on the police beat for the New York Times. When I see Al Baker's name on the byline, I know I'm going to get a good story with no B.S.

Without fanfare, Baker (perhaps suspiciously eying the journalistic wreckage left by his colleagues) steps up the plate and hits a home run. Maybe he had the weekend off, but better late than never.

Kudo's to you, Mr. Baker. Well done, as usually. And thanks for not quoting anybody's mom.

Seriously, though, this is what I want in my news story. Real reporting. Not easy quotes. Compare Baker's writing to the earlier articles. It's like night and day. As a sportscaster might say, "All you young journalists out there, take note. This is how you play the game!"

[p.s. Am I getting old? If I said, "It could be... It might be... it is!" Would anybody still get that home-run-call reference?]


IrishPirate said...

1. Your old. It beats the alternative.

2. Al Baker wrote a piece I can understand. I now have a better idea of what happened.

3. That situation is like a police nightmare scenario. Crossfire, plainclothes, lotsa bystanders....blech.

Dana King said...

You're right. Baker's is much better.

That's Harry Caray's home run call, isn't it?

PCM said...

Thanks Dana. I miss Harry!