has fancy plans, and pants to match
- Apr 12, 2001
I think that he respected Weaver because he came up as a Baltimore beat writer when Weaver was probably the best manager in the league. He was also one of the best when Shank was a kid.Always liked how much respect he showed Earl Weaver. On the other hand, if Weaver was the Sox manager he'd have skewered him for losing 3 World Series, 2 of which his team was heavily favored (69 and 71, before he covered the team)...and the third one, where his team blew a 3-1 lead (79, which I believe he was on the scene for).
Shaughnessy has a weird reverence for old timers that he liked when he was a kid: Auerbach, Cousy, Williams, Weaver, etc.The only player that broke that mold was Bird but anyone born after 1960 is a punk who would get his ass handed to him in the era when men were men, the late 60s and prior.
He gives these guys a lot of latitude because deep down Dan Shaughnessy is a little boy who desperately wants to prove to his elders (ie Dad) not only that he can hang with them but that he can be like them.
It’s more than a little pathetic.