Most big league ballplayers, if not all of them, understand that they're public figures. An increasingly high number of them, however, are being forced into an increasingly private existence. Cell phones. Camera phones. Digital cameras and recorders. Ubiquitous Internet blogs. YouTube and the like. All of them all-too-frequently at the ready to document and display every unflattering photo and verbal slip-up . . .I can imagine that is kind of a drag.
. . . In this age, you never have a down moment," [Frank] Wren said. "A player can be having a conversation with somebody, not even knowing somebody is around them with a camera or recorder, and say something that is taken completely out of context and put on the Internet for everybody to see. "Players have to be on their guard all of the time. They have to be aware that whatever they say or do could be put on a Web site."
Friday, April 11, 2008
An article detailing the largely legitimate digital-age anxieties of ballplayers: