All right, this is the other self-indulgent post we were talking about earlier. As you've heard — though the story has been oddly muted, we think — Yankees free agent outfielder Matt Lawton was suspended 10 games yesterday for testing positive for steroids. Most people claim to have been shocked by the news, including a Yankees official, who tells the New York Daily News "It's a complete and total surprise."
But the way the story broke yesterday provides a glimpse into how not just the mainstream media works, but also Major League Baseball. Step back with us, into the wayback machine, to revisit yesterday, which, as Boys 2 Men taught us, it's so hard to say goodbye to.
• 1:45 p.m. We break the story: Lawton Has Tested Positive For Steroids. A bunch of people email us, disappointed it wasn't Gary Sheffield. We agree.
• 3:30 p.m. Baseball Musings picks it up.
• 4:15 p.m. Newsday's Jon Heyman confirms the story on Newsday's Web site. He writes that the story was "first reported by Deadspin.com."
• 4:33 p.m. Major League Baseball, realizing that the cat's out of the bag, releases an official statement about Lawton.
• 4:48 p.m. The Associated Press sends the story across its wires. No credit to Deadspin.com is mentioned.
• 6 p.m. Newsday rewrites its story — not by Heyman this time — eliminating the Deadspin references as well.