Interesting nugget of information from Marc Topkin prior to the Rays game Tuesday with the Red Sux. Speaking on the Rays Radio Network, Topkin, a Rays beat writer for the St. Petersburg Times, was asked about the rumors of embattled Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton being swapped to Seattle for southpaw ace Cliff Lee as Twittered by noted baseball scribe
Andrew Jackson Peter Gammons earlier Tuesday.
Topkin floated the possibility that Gammons, who also works for NESN, the TV broadcast partner of the Red Sux, planted that rumor via Twitter purposely to distract Upton and perhaps the Rays in this critical series played at the Fruitdome this week.
Now call Joe naive, but Joe doesn’t totally buy that. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time Gammons spread rank misinformation, which smelled to high heaven of a dubious plant at the time it was so outrageous.
If in fact it can be proven that Gammons indeed planted a fake rumor via a social media forum to create a ruckus, it’s beyond an ethical breach of any respected journalist and Gammons should have his credentials yanked by MLB Advanced Media as a result.