The Chronicle's Ortiz: Chief Of The Morality Police

I stumbled upon this Jose de Jesus Ortiz blog post on Sunday morning while I was in the process of trying to digest Saturday night's 13-2 Astros loss to the Washington Nationals. I puzzled over it during the day, but could never really make much sense of it. But then Deadspin got a hold of the thing, and now it seems that Ortiz' moralizing has gone national.

To save you the time, I'll summarize. Ortiz is outraged that, after what happened to Steve McNair, married ballplayers are still hitting on young females. And he's outraged that these young females are announcing their conquests on Facebook. And he's even more outraged when that young female happens to be a wannabe member of the media.

Ortiz plays the gentleman, and he refuses to name names -- to us, that is. He had no problem with ratting out the young lady to her so-called mentors. But what happened is that last week a married major league baseball player (not a Houston Astro) asked out a young female media intern (not associated with the Chron). And then the young lady bragged about this on Facebook. Fearing that the unnamed ballplayer was about to meet the same fate of Steve McNair, Ortiz ratted out the young lady to those in charge of her internship. Funny thing, however, is that he didn't go to the management of the team and tell them about what their player was doing, nor does it seem, did he confront the player.

That's where Deadspin comes in.

Deadspin didn't want to play gentleman, so they decided to see if they could figure out who the player was. They had no luck, but they did narrow it down to a guy on the Pittsburgh Pirates or the Washington Nationals. Jeff Pearlman, the man behind The Rocket That Fell To Earth, was able to find out the identity of the player, but he, too, chose not to share that information -- the guy definitely plays for the Washington Nationals, however. What nobody seems to have figured out, however, is which Houston media outlet this intern worked for.

Now I'm still trying to figure out why Ortiz thought this was newsworthy in the first place. He writes at the start of the blog post that, if he thought it was newsworthy, he would write a story about it, but to me, blogging it is writing a story about it. So why is it so damn important to him? Personally, I'd prefer more information on some of the Astros' recent idiotic decisions -- the six-man rotation, picking up an aging Chris Coste off of waivers to be the team's third catcher -- than I would about which ballplayer is cheating on his wife.

And while Ortiz calls the player stupid, he goes hardest after the young lady. He ratted her out to her mentors. He called her a disgrace. But he really skips over his outrage at the player, and it seems if he was so concerned about this guy cheating on his wife that he would have confronted the player with the information and gone to Nationals management. But he doesn't do this. As a result, the player gets no punishment while the intern will probably lose her position. And where's the justice in that?

Yet I just don't see the cause for the outrage. I hate to be the one to tell this to Ortiz, but players cheat on their wives. And they've been doing so for years, long before Steve McNair met his unfortunate demise; see Roger Clemens as an example. And this is going to keep on happening -- Deadspin, again, has info on Donovan McNabb and a porn star in Vegas this weekend. And while this might be a bit hard to believe, cheating on one's wife doesn't automatically mean that a guy's going to die.

But hey, I suppose that things worked out fine for Ortiz. After all, this blog post that he didn't consider to be a newsworthy item went national and possibly destroyed some young lady's career.

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