It’s no secret that WIP, isn’t the number one sports-talk radio station in Philly anymore. Yesterday’s Giancarlo Stanton to the Phillies “rumor” fiasco, didn’t help their fading reputation. Although as I dug deeper, it was more WIP’s Parent company, CBS Philly, who caused the issue.
WIP: Phillies aggressively in pursuit of Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton.
Obviously this caused quite the stir not only around the Phillies community, but really all across the MLB. Quickly May flipped his story. After receiving more attention then he originally anticipated, May claimed it wasn’t his story. After responding to a group of over-reactionary fanboys, May was called out by WIP’s Glen Macnow on Twitter at 4:57. (Macnow hosts with Anthony Gargano from 1:00 to 6:00, weekdays on WIP)
FYI Chris — That was NEVER the report on WIP. All that was said was Ruben’s making calls and kicking tires. YOU misquited.
I’ll just pretend Macnow didn’t misspell misquoted.
Macnow then responded to the general public by tweeting
CBS’s Chris May’s characterization of WIP’s report on Phils and Stanton was way off base. Our show never reported what he tweeted.
While Macno would respond to a few more interested fans, the final thing he tweeted worth noting was
Sorry, our report was merely that Ruben is making calls and kicking tires. Nothing about “aggressively pursuing” Stanton.
At 8:46 May began damage control. He fired off the following tweets.
My earlier tweet reflected what I heard Anthony Gargano tell his listeners on WIP’s afternoon show today.
“Ruben is trying to work the Marlins hard for Giancarlo Stanton,” he said. “I know he’s working the Marlins hard for Stanton.”
My tweet was a synopsis of a conversation that lasted close to two-and-a-half minutes.
Anthony also said he doubted the Phillies could get a deal done. That “the Marlins can’t trade him.”
But whether the Phillies can or can’t close a deal doesn’t negate, in my mind, the newsworthiness of the team pursuing an All-Star.
The final tweet May had on the topic, and coincidentally the final tweet he has had as of 6:11 pm EST Wednesday, was:
Glen Macnow and I can agree to disagree.
In the end it became less about Giancarlo Stanton coming to Philly and more about May trying to protect his name as he got grilled by Macnow on Twitter. And if you didn’t gather from Macnow’s tweets, Giancarlo Stanton isn’t coming to Philadelphia. Macnow painted May as the type of sports fan we all can’t stand. The one who hears a radio host make a statement like “Ruben is pushing hard”, and twists that into the Phillies are aggressively pursuing. Every MLB GM is pushing the Marlins hard for Stanton because the guy is a stud, young, cheap and unhappy in Miami. But to be pursuing Stanton “aggressively” the Phillies would have to feel like they have a real shot at getting Stanton. With their lack of minor league positional depth, they really have no shot. Ruben is just doing his due diligence and checking in. Chris May is acting like a typical WIP listener, and overreacting. Don’t blame WIP in this case, blame May for twisting what Gargano said into what he wanted to hear.