Journalists are afraid to ask a “yes or no” question. This is not meant as a knock on the media. They are trained to only ever ask open-ended questions (questions that require more than a one-word answer), as it is difficult to generate quotes for a story if all the questions are answered with one word.
Unfortunately open-ended questions are flawed. Today’s sports personalities are conditioned to respond with evasive, cliche-filled, non-answers. The only way to pin these athletes/coaches/personnel down to a solid answer is to ask the close-ended question and demand an answer.
Here are 10 ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions that the local media are afraid to ask but we as Rays fans want answered…
- For Andrew Friedman:
- If the Tampa Bay Rays could fit Barry Bonds within the financial framework of the organization, is he a player the Rays would consider signing?
- Will David Price pitch in Spring Training games?
- Will David Price start any Spring Training games?
- Are you concerned that Juan Salas‘ 2007 suspension will keep him from obtaining a visa to come to the U.S.?
- Have teams contacted you recently about the availability of Joel Guzman or Willy Aybar, in anticipation of Evan Longoria making the squad?
- For Joe Maddon:
- You recently made comments about not giving the players as much rope in 2008. You made similar comments prior to last season. Do you feel you were too easy on the players in 2007?
- Will one of the final two spots in the bullpen come from the five pitchers competing for the final two spots in the rotation?
- If the season opened tomorrow, would Scott Dohmann have a spot in the bullpen?
- Will BJ Upton get work at any position other than center field this Spring?
- Do you consider Rocco Baldelli to be the backup center fielder?