After GM Frank Wren said during a satellite-radio interview Sunday that the Braves had not closed the door on the possibility of Michael Bourn returning to the team, reaction on Twitter and the blogosphere went about as you'd expect in this age of 2 + 2 = 10.
Within an hour, Wren's rather innocuous and not exactly earth-shattering response to the Bourn question was twisted, re-tweeted and exaggerated enough times to turn it into a juicy rumor in which some characterized the situation as the Braves in talks to bring back Bourn at a discounted rate now that his market had failed to materialize.
Some fans even got indignant about the possibility that the Braves might opt to move Bourn, a former Gold Glove winner, to left field in order to accommodate offseason free-agent signee B.J. Upton in center.
Twitter has created many profound changes in sports and the way they are reported and discussed. Inspiring rational, measured reactions is not one of those changes.
Those who know Wren's modus operandi – or that of almost every other sports executive – should probably realize they rarely speak in absolutes with the media, usually for good reason. Wren didn't expect Jim Bowden, the ex-GM-turned-sports-talk host, to ask about Bourn. When Bowden did, Wren responded by basically saying that, hey, the Braves always liked Bourn and what he did for the team, and had hoped at one time to have him back, but decided B.J. Upton was a better fit.
Bourn back to Braves?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jan 9