The days when journalists could get to know professional athletes well enough to write the kinds of profiles that would give fans true insight are long gone, Pat Jordan laments on Slate, with television and the accompanying big money the main culprits. Where Jordan once spent days with Catfish Hunter, he can't get to today's stars without dealing with an army of flaks.
"Writers and fans alike no longer get to know the object of their affections in a way they did years ago," Jordan writes. "If Alex Rodriguez would let his fans know him instead of hiding behind a manufactured image as Dudley Do-Right, then maybe we would all be more forgiving of his foibles on the field and off. " (Read more sports journalism stories.)